Generally speaking, there are two kinds of children when it’s back to school season: one who is almost always excited to wake up in the morning and tackle the day, and the other who feels uneasy especially during the first week of going back to school.
Lamoiyan Corporation’s brand of lice shampoo shares these tips with parents who are dealing with their kids’ back to school anxieties.
Adjust their sleeping schedule ahead of time
As summer break and irregular sleeping and waking hours may have changed children’s body clock, it’s best to help them adjust their sleeping schedule at least one week before the first day of school (or even if the school season has started, and they haven’t adjusted yet).
Minimize their time watching TV, using gadgets, and playing outdoor and let them understand that they need to sleep early for school. That way, their body clock can adjust, which prevents them from having a hard time waking up especially if their class is in the morning.
Send them to school on first few days
First day of school with new classmates and teachers can be a little intimidating to kids, so parents are advised to make time to send their children to school. Children’s anxiety in going to a different environment can be eased off if someone familiar is around.
Encourage them to make friends
One way to get kids comfortable especially if they feel anxious on the first day of school is to encourage them to make new friends. According to a study by University of Virginia in 2017, making friends is critical for children to enjoy school and learning. Not only does it alleviate their back to school blues, but also improves their mental health.
Prepare a night before
It’s easier to go to school especially in the morning if kids’ things are already set the night before. It’s parents’ duty to help their children in ironing their uniform, checking their backpacks, and preparing their baon. It also lessens the preparation time needed in the morning if the items are all set beforehand.
Protect them from common ailments
Schools may be the second home of kids, but it does not mean they are safe and free from common ailments. Aside from protecting them from colds and flu, there’s also a common problem occurring in schools parents must watch out for—head lice infestation.
A medical check-up by the Department of Education Health and Nutrition showed that of over 3 million public school students, 436,325 of them had pediculosis (head lice infestation), making it one of the leading health problems and causes of absenteeism in public schools in the country.
Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo, through the Kilusang Kontra Kuto (movement against head lice), a coalition composed of the Department of Education, University of the Philippines College of Public Health, Drugstores Association of the Philippines, and Mommy Bloggers Philippines, aims to promote the correct way of preventing and treating head lice infestation. Licealiz effectively kills lice and nits after two weeks if used twice a week and prevents lice infestation from recurring if used once a week.
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