If your children participate in school sports, you know proper nutrition will help them perform at their best. The same holds true for academics. Mayo Clinic Children's Center pediatrician Dr. Brian Lynch says healthy, nutritious foods will benefit kids' academic performance, behavior and overall health. Plus, it will combat childhood obesity. Dr. Lynch and his colleagues encourage families to follow the 9-5-2-1-0 Let's Go! rule as a guide to good health and nutrition for kids:
Dr. Lynch says when it comes to feeding your children, avoid processed foods and foods containing trans fats, saturated fats, sugar and sodium. Instead, opt for more of what he calls "real" foods – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy.
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Children need to get plenty of sleep in order to perform well in school. After a summer of staying up late and then sleeping in, many kids are out of their school year bedtime routines. Mayo Clinic Children's Center pediatric neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. Suresh Kotagal says in order for most school-age children to be at their best, they need to get from 8 1/2 to 9 hours of sleep every night. He also says, "Children should work back into a school year sleep schedule gradually, starting a week or two before the first bell rings."
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Your child is running a fever and you're running late to work. What do you do? Keep your child home or send him or her to school? When a child is truly sick from an infection such as a bad cold or flu, making sure he or she stays home is the best way to prevent the illness from getting worse or from spreading to others. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says, "Stopping the spread of an infectious disease is a combination of good hand hygiene and keeping sick people out of public areas."
Dr. Tosh says it is in the best interest of sick children and adults to be able to rest and recover.
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For many kids, summer is a time to stay up late, sleep in and hang out with friends. Waking up for that first day of a new school year can be a shock if children, teens and parents or caregivers have not come up with a plan – a routine. Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Dr. Stephen Whiteside reminds us that routines are good for everybody. He says, "Routines give us structure and help us complete the tasks and challenges we face each day." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website notes that routines help children know what to expect as the day unfolds. Dr. Whiteside says developing routines for morning, bedtime and any other regularly occurring event can make things run more smoothly at home and at school. Each family should begin the transition into a back-to-school routine at least a week or two before the first bell rings.
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For many children, the start of a new school year can be very stressful, especially if they've been victims of bullying in the past. Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Dr. Bridget Biggs says parents and caregivers should know the warning signs. "If your child is reluctant to go to school, stressed after spending time online or avoids social situations, he or she may be being bullied." Dr. Biggs points out that consequences of bullying can be serious. Victims are at increased risk of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, self-harm, poor grades and in rare cases, suicide.
Dr. Biggs reminds us that bullying comes in many forms: physical, verbal, emotional, social and online. She says creating a culture of respect in and out of the classroom is key to bullying prevention.
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The end of summer is fast approaching ... and millions of youngsters across the country are getting ready to return to the classroom. On this back-to-school edition of Mayo Clinic Radio, children's sleep specialist Dr. Suresh Kotagal outlines how muchsleep children need to be fully engaged in class. Also on the program, pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist Dr. Robert Jacobson provides an update on vaccines. Sports medicine specialist Dr. David Soma talks about preparing for school sports. And psychiatrist Dr. Paul Croarkin has tips for parents on what to watch for when a child seems anxious or depressed.
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