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Back to School Health Tips for the Whole Family

by Katie Reed

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Evivo. All opinions are my own.

My kids have been back to school for only three weeks, but I’ve already had to nurse two boys back to health, and I even ended up with a 103 degree fever of my own! Back to school is an awful time for illness. Your children are interacting with tons of friends, new and old, and they’re around an entirely new set of germs. If you want to avoid the dreaded back to school illnesses, check out these incredible health tips that can help the whole family!

Back to school health tips for the whole family

Parents

As adults, it is crucial that we make sure we keep ourselves as healthy as possible. After all, we’re the ones looking after our kiddos, and if we get sick, it’s so much more difficult to be there for them. Not to mention that we’re juggling so many other things in our day to day life – from work to special occasions to day to day chores and errands.

It’s crucial then, that we make sure our stress levels are in check this time of year. Squeeze in exercise when you can. Even a walk around the neighborhood in the evenings is a great way to wind down. Meditation is also a great stress reliever, and it helps to manage anxiety AND boost the immune system!

For me, I love taking a walk in the evening with one or two of my kids before putting them to bed. Then I can relax with a good book, have a nice cup of decaf tea with my husband and enjoy a bit of down-time before bed.

mother reading and drinking tea

A great tip is to turn on your phone or tablet’s night mode/blue light filter after 8pm. It’s difficult not to have screen time before bed, but having a good filter can help make sure you’re not keeping yourself awake more than is good for you.

Teens

If you have teenagers, you’ll know how important it is for them to get enough sleep. After a summer of staying up late and sleeping in until noon, back to school can be rough.

Add in sports, homework and other extracurriculars, and your teenager can become easily exhausted. And that’s BEFORE their social lives kick in!

teen sleeping in class

Maintaining good sleep patterns can help strengthen their immune systems, so helping them form a good bedtime routine, including not eating junk food or caffeine before bed and limiting screen time is the best thing you can do for them.

Kids

Have you noticed that your kids are constantly craving junk food? It’s like their first taste of sugar turns them into tiny little tyrants who demand hourly chocolate sacrifices. But refined sugar has a negative impact on your immune system, and this is especially true of young kids.

You can help them cut back on junk food by trying to get them more fruits and veggies in their lunches, making them smoothies or finding a healthy recipe they love.

overnight oats

My kids are huge fans of overnight oats. We change it up each week, but we often add berries and fruits to give a nice boost of antioxidants and Vitamin C. We make a huge batch on Sunday night, and it’s an easy breakfast every day of the week. And bonus! It works as a healthy dessert, too!

Toddlers

Toddlers are the worst when it comes to germs. Every time I look at my toddler, he’s got sticky hands and a funky smell. I don’t know how he does it, but he is like a walking germ factory.

I think it’s so important to teach your toddler how to wash their hands as soon as they’re big enough to stand up on their own, if not before. We have a special stool in the bathroom that my son can stand on to reach the sink, and we’ve practiced how to properly wash hands over and over again so he really learns.

Hands are one of the most common ways illness is spread. So many times, my children come in covered in muck and start high-fiving each other before I can send them to the bathroom.

child washing hands

We have taught them to use soap and water and to sing a song the whole way through before they rinse. They each have a favorite song to sing, but they each usually last about 30-40 seconds, which is just enough time to make sure to scrub between fingers and around wrists.

We even have bottles of hand sanitizer around the home and in my purse, so we’re never without a way to wash our hands if we can’t make it to a sink.

Babies

Look, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. With babies, it’s better to prevent illness than to treat it. Babies can’t take most medications, and when they get sick, it’s a much more serious matter. So prevention is key.

Since babies are highly susceptible to the germs their older brothers and sisters bring home from school, it’s imperative that their immune systems are as good as they can be.

evivo probiotic

I highly recommend giving your baby a good probiotic with B. infantis, a good gut bacteria that helps ward off the bad stuff that can lead to health issues. I use Evivo with my son because it is scientifically-proven to work! It’s a probiotic specifically made for babies, and it can be used from the day they are born. You can mix it with formula or breast milk, and it is stored in your freezer, so it stays fresh.

Keeping your whole family healthy can be tricky. But focusing on specific things for each age group can really help! Let me know what other tips you suggest. I’d love to hear them!

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