Keep your child healthy

Does your child have food allergies?

  • Although the immune system normally protects peole from germs, in people with food allergies, the immune system mistakenly responds to food as if it were harmful. A food allergy occurs when the body has a specific immune response to certain foods that can be repeated. The body's immune response can be severe and life threatening.

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What parents need to know about food allergies

Allergy-friendly recipes

Learn about severe allergic reactions

Video: Capital Care's Alex the Bear Learns to Use an EpiPen

Video: Capital Care's Alex the Bear Learns to Use an EpiPen

Is your children's eyesight causing headaches or other difficulty with learning?

  • Blurry vision may interfere with children's ability to learn in school. Regular eye exams can detect and correct this and other vision problems. Be sure to take children to a local eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) for an eye exam. Eye exams for young children are extremely important because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early.
  • Talk with the school nurse about an eye exam for your children or ask your pediatrician for a referral to an optometrist who specializes in children.

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Vision Problems of Schoolchildren

Have your children seen a dentist?

  • When children's teeth hurt, it can affect their concentration and ability to learn. Regular visits to a pediatric dentist can help prevent cavities and other oral diseases. Oral health is an important part of children's overall health.
  • Dental disease in children is preventable, but once it sets in the disease can affect children's physical development in the form of reduced body weight and interfere with growth. It can also affect children's school attendance and school success.

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Oral Health Tips for Children at Every Age

Ways to Keep Your Child's Teeth Healthy

Video: How to Brush Your Teeth Properly—For Kids

Video: How to Brush Your Teeth Properly—For Kids

Video: How to Teach Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Video: How to Teach Kids to Brush Their Teeth

When are children too sick to go to child care or school?

  • If children are uncomfortable and have a fever or green or yellow mucus, you may want to keep them home until they feel better.
  • If children have clear mucus and no fever but complain of a sore throat, you may want to call the doctor's office for an appointment to rule out strep throat but if children are awake and otherwise fine, you could send them to school that day.
  • To avoid getting sick, practice wellness every day—have children eat a healthy breakfast, drink lots of water and keep their hands and face clean.

Be ready for when children are too sick for school:

  • Before children are sick, write a list of babysitters for sick days if you cannot stay home from work.
  • Find out if there is ‘sick-care' in your city, town or area.
  • Save a few (paid or unpaid) personal days for your children when they are sick.
  • Make a plan with another parent in your school or neighborhood to take children when they are sick or need to be picked up early from school.

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How to Tell if Your Child is Too Sick for School

Should They Stay or Should They Go? Take the quiz!

A Working Mom's Guide to Sick Kids

Is your children's school asthma-friendly?

There are several ways that you can prepare children to prevent an asthma attack and work with your school nurse and teachers to help create asthma –friendly school environments.

  • Mark all medications with your child’s name, the name of the medication, and complete instructions on how it should be used.
  • Learn your school’s asthma policies and asthma emergency procedures. At the beginning of every school year, talk to your school nurse and your school teacher about your child’s asthma.
  • Review your child’s Asthma Action Plan. A Child’s Asthma Action Plan is a plan developed between you and your healthcare provider that gives specific instructions for early treatment of asthma symptoms. An asthma action plan is a written, individualized worksheet that shows you the steps to take to prevent your asthma from getting worse. It also provides guidance on when to call your healthcare provider or when to go to the emergency room right away. This action plan can be helpful to the school nurse and teachers for how to help your child in an asthma emergency.

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How Asthma-Friendly is Your School?

The Back-to-School with Asthma Checklist

What is resilience?

  • Resilience is the ability to adapt well to difficulty, trauma, tragedy, threats or stress. Parents and caregivers can help children learn resilience skills such as managing stress and feelings of uncertainty.
  • Sticking to a daily routine can be comforting to children who crave structure in their lives. You can encourage children to create their own routines. Talk with your children. When they have question, answer them honestly but simply and reassure them with statements like “I’ll always take care of you” and don’t discount fears when they tell you about them.

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