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Summer break is quickly coming to an end, which means it is almost time for school to start. As students plan their return to the classroom, Piedmont HealthCare pediatrician Dr. Stephen Malloney offers back-to-school tips for parents and students to prepare for the school year.

Dr. Stephen Malloney

Adjusting to a school schedule can be hard. To ensure that your child is rested for school, begin practicing a consistent sleep schedule a week before school starts. Most kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night to be fully rested. Students who have 10 to 12 hours of sleep will be prepared for early mornings and full days at school.

Early morning routines should include a healthy breakfast. Healthy breakfast foods such as eggs, oatmeal, and fruit energize students throughout the school day. Lunches and dinners that contain protein, fruits, and vegetables supply nutrients that the body needs. Dr. Malloney also suggests sitting down at the dinner table as a family and having open communication to support your child. Practicing proper health and mental health tactics allow students a better classroom performance.

Going back to school this year may be a little different than years past, due to COVID-19. Children 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, which may prevent them from becoming seriously ill. However, there are many other illness children can pick up at school, as well. To be best protected from COVID-19 and other illnesses, make sure your children are comfortable wearing masks and practice good hand-washing techniques. In addition, getting 10 to 12 hours of sleep and eating a healthy diet boosts the body’s immune system.

Physical exams and vaccinations must be up to date for a student to begin school. To schedule a back-to-school physical, vaccinations, or any other pediatric needs, contact Piedmont Pediatrics at 704-662-0106. Piedmont Pediatrics is located at 134 Medical Park Road, Suite 100 in Mooresville.

Whether your student is heading to school for the first time or advancing to the next grade, Piedmont HealthCare wants everyone to have a safe and healthy school year.

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Piedmont HealthCare is one of the largest physician-owned multi-specialty groups in North Carolina and the Southeast. PHC is committed to providing excellent care for the whole family and has more than 60 convenient locations and nearly 200 physicians and providers across multiple specialties to provide the most innovative medical care for the entire community.

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