In a few days the children will return to the classroom. In this short post, from the Pediatrics Department of the Polyclinic Comarcal del Vendrell, we want to share with families tips so that the daily routine is bearable and healthy.

Sleep: The best way to start the day is to have a restful sleep. Remember that children should have a schedule that suits their age. Therefore it is recommended that in the preschool age sleep between 10 and 12 hours, and from the school age between 6 and 10 years a minimum of 9 hours. In addition, the same schedule should be followed for bedtime every night, avoiding those factors (at least 2 hours before sleeping) that make it difficult to start the dream, such as playing with the tablet, mobile phone or watching TV.

Breakfast: It is the most important meal of the day. Several scientific studies have shown that children who have breakfast have more concentration, energy and better school performance. It is also the ideal time to give children foods that contribute calcium and vitamin D and strengthen their bones, such as yogurt, milk and cereals. Thus, breakfast should become a priority; being ideal that all the family can sit together to have breakfast.

Prevention and treatment of infections: Hand washing is the tool to be highlighted in the prevention of infection of preschool and school age infections. Handwashing should be done with soap and water: after going to the bathroom and before eatingLike sleep and breakfast, it should be part of the daily healthy habits of the child and his family, being the time to return to school a starting point conducive to their daily fulfillment. Another pillar of infection prevention are vaccines. Keeping the vaccination schedule up to date prevents them from contracting diseases and at the same time allowing their eradication (as has already happened with smallpox and poliomyelitis). With regard to the treatment of infections, remember the importance of not self-medicate the child, the pediatrician will be in charge of deciding when and how to treat the diseases of children in the family. Viral infections are not treated with antibiotics, which are reserved for those that are bacterial.

Pediatrics Unit / Dr. Klear y Dr. Novoa

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