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Healthy Back-to-School Tips


You’ve gone shopping for supplies, picked out new outfits and loaded up backpacks for the first day of school. But have you prepared for the possibility of your child getting sick at school? Is your child’s emergency contact and medical information up to date? If your child falls ill, does the school know who should be contacted if you are unavailable?

Before you send the kids out the door, remember to keep your kids healthy and prepared this school year with these tips for students heading back to school. We recommend providing your child’s school with multiple emergency contacts, as well as any information regarding your child’s medications, allergies, and possible physical limitations.

Emergency Contacts: Make sure your emergency contact information is up to date and on file at your child’s school. Be sure to include contact information for more than just yourself and any other guardians (consider grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends) in the case that you are unreachable and your child needs to be taken home.

Medical History Information: If your child takes any medication, has allergies, or is limited as to which physical activities they can safely participate in, let your school know. For example, if your child has asthma, let your school know so their activity in physical education classes can be monitored.

Medication and Supplies: If your child has a medical condition that could require immediate treatment, like needing an asthma inhaler or an epinephrine auto-injector for an allergic reaction, be sure to provide your school’s nurse with them incase of an incident.

At Brown Clinic, we’re here for you when you’re sick, but also when you’re well. What other tips do you have for parents sending their kids back to school? Let us know on our Facebook page.