Everyone over six months old should get an annual flu shot, according to the CDC. This is one surefire way to protect every member of your household from getting sick this year. Your doctor should be able to provide you with the flu vaccine as early as October, and the sooner you and the family can get vaccinated the better.
Wash Your Hands
You must wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands before and after preparing or eating food, after caring for pets or sick family members, after changing diapers, and after using the bathroom. Not sure if you are washing your hands long enough? Sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while lathering up with antibacterial soap. Even if you are washing your hand regularly you still:
Shouldn’t Touch Your Face
One of the fastest ways to spread germs is to rub your eyes or nose. Even if you just washed your hands, you should still avoid touching your face as much as possible to reduce your risk of catching the flu, germs, and other viruses.
Keep Surfaces Clean
Bacteria just love to live on everything from your cell phones and doorknobs to the kitchen counter, so you must be disinfecting all of these surfaces every day to stop viruses and bacteria from spreading.
Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep
If you aren’t getting enough sleep, or your sleep is poor, you better believe that this can impact your immune system. Not sleeping at least 7-9 hours each night can reduce your body’s ability to fight off infection. Make your sleep a priority to keep your immune system running at 100 percent.
If you would like to get the flu vaccine for the whole family, call your general medicine practitioner to schedule an appointment. It’s never too early to schedule your vaccine, as it can take a couple of weeks for the vaccine to take effect. Call your doctor today.
What is the purpose of a school physical?
Everyone from doctors to school administrators wants to make sure that all students are healthy enough for activities and sports, and we all know that anyone’s health can change rapidly from year to year. Since children are growing quickly and going through a ton of developmental milestones, these physicals are a great way for our pediatricians to monitor your child’s development. This gives them time to pinpoint and address any problems that may be affecting them physically, mentally, behaviorally, or emotionally.
Another reason parents should bring their children in for annual physicals is to make sure that their children are up to date on their vaccines. Not only do vaccines protect your child from several potentially dangerous communicable diseases, but it can also help stop the spread to protect other children as well.
Is a school physical the same as a well-child visit or a sports physical?
Yes, these are just different names for the same checkup, so don’t think that your child needs to come in three different types for the same type of visit. Each appointment will be tailored to suit your child’s needs. For example, if your child is looking to play sports, we will emphasize a physical exam that may be a bit more intensive to make sure that they are healthy enough for certain physical activities.
We can also provide you with detailed information as well as answer any specific questions you may have about your child’s diet, sleep, exercise routine, and more. Write down any questions you may have and bring those questions with you to your child’s physical.
The sooner you schedule your child’s physical the better. You don’t want to wait until the last minute for them to see their doctor. A routine physical is simple, easy, and painless, plus it ensures that your child starts the year out on the right foot!
How Much Sleep is Enough?
The amount of sleep you need each night will depend on your age. Most school-age children will need anywhere from 9 to 11 hours of sleep, while infants and toddlers will require between 11-14 hours. Teens need around 8 to 10 hours and adults require at least 7-9 hours each night.
Unfortunately, you can’t just make up the hours of sleep you missed by trying to get more sleep later (sadly it just doesn’t work that way). Of course, the only way to ensure quality sleep night after night is to get into a regular and consistent routine when it comes to sleep.
What Should My Sleep Routine Consist of?
Want to hack your bedtime routine to make you a sleep-savvy ninja? We thought so! Here are some things that you should (and shouldn’t) do if you want to get some quality shuteye:
- Keep the same bedtime and wake-up time each day (yes, even weekends!)
- Make sure that your bed is comfortable (is it time to change your mattress?)
- Keep the room cool (between 60-67 degrees F is optimal)
- Choose a soothing bedtime activity such as a warm bath
- Power down all electronics at least one hour before bed
- Dim lights and keep the rooms darker in the evening (this will trigger melatonin production)
- Try to avoid eating anything between 2-3 hours before bedtime (a light snack should be fine, but a large dinner can keep you up)
- Do not watch TV or do work while in bed (your bed should only be used for sleep and sex)
- Get regular exercise (but avoid exercising about one hour before bed)
So, what are the consequences of not getting enough sleep? Well, we hope you never find out; however, consistently poor sleep can lead to severe sleep deprivation and also increase your risk for diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. It also can shorten your lifespan.
If you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep you must talk this over with your general physician who may be able to provide you with helpful sleep strategies or determine whether you may require a sleep study.
Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule
Maybe You Need to Skip the Nap
Prep Your Bedroom
Power Down the Electronics
Are you still having trouble getting quality sleep? If so, then it’s time to talk with your general medical practitioner. They can evaluate your current routine and sleep patterns to help you create better sleep habits or to determine whether you should see a sleep specialist for help.
Stay in the Shade
Wear the Appropriate Clothing
Do Not Skip the Sunscreen
Know What Sunscreen to Use
Just Say No to Tanning Beds
Keep your skin safe all summer long and your skin will thank you for years to come. Of course, it’s also a good idea to visit a doctor once a year for an annual skin cancer screening. If you are concerned about keeping yourself and your family safe this summer, don’t hesitate to talk with your family doctor.
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