Tips for Back to School Success

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Back to school season is upon us and to get prepared and back on schedule Momtrends spoke with Dr.Alanna Levine, MD at a recent event hosted by Kimberly-Clark. Featuring brands we all know and love (Colgate, Kleenex, Pull-Ups, Huggies and many more), Alanna was on-hand to discuss how to set kids up with healthy habits for success during the school year. Here are some of her key tips so your kids can have a wonderful back to school season.

1. Shield them everywhere.

  • Encourage your kids to cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw it away immediately.
  • Tooth decay is the Number 1 dental problem among preschoolers, so make good oral hygiene a part of your family's daily routines.
  • Remind your kids to wash and dry their hands.

2. Let their confidence shine.

  • Hygiene issues can make a teen self-conscious about participating in physical activity. Help them take care of their bodies and overcome barriers to an active lifestyle.
  • Clean skin can help teens prevent acne and manage teenage body odor. A clean skin rontine can also help them fresh and feeling more confident.

3. Keep the home clean.

  • A little cleaning goes a long way toward keeping kids healthy. Use dish liquid and other household cleaners to control germs.
  • Prevent germs by cleaning common areas such as door handles by wiping them off with a paper towel or rag.

4. Start the learning early.

  • Toilet training is an exciting milestone. Celebrate progress with praise, reward charts, or small prizes.
  • Teach kids to wash hands when potty training for at least 20 seconds and dry them for 20 seconds.
  • Begin coaching children at two years old to brush twice daily with a child-sized toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Supervise to help them brush each tooth, including those hard-to-reach molars.

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