I shared a few tips on returning to school safely on the Gene and Julie Show. Here is a quick re-cap:

Backpacks – Do not monogram your child’s name on the backpack and avoid stickers on the back of your car that have your child’s name on them. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have a rolling backpack.
Internet and Computer – Always be in the room when your child is on the computer. Set a time limit for the time they can be on the computer. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that it is no more than 2 hours a day.
Immunizations – North Texas Schools are using new immunization requirements for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year. Check with your pediatrician and review your child’s immunization records and make sure they will be vaccinated according to the requirements.
Avoiding Illness and H1N1 – I checked in with my son’s wonderful Pediatrician, Dr. Loc Trieu, to see what I could do to help keep him healthy as to goes to school this year. I love his tips!
-Remind your little one to cover their nose and mouth when they cough or sneeze.
-Wash your hands with soap and water and use Alcohol-based cleansers.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
-If you are sick with a flu like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
-Check with your school nurse to see what the policies for public health are.
-Hydration is key for your children.
-Don’t hesitate to visit with your physician to get updated info and treatment.

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