Your Healthy Child: Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten
A healthy child is able to start school ready to learn. But a child who is hungry or tired or feeling sick cannot give school the energy and attention it takes to learn and grow. It’s one more reason why keeping your child healthy matters so much.
Be sure your child visits the doctor for regular check-ups or well visits. At these visits the doctor will check your child’s growth and development, as well as keep your child’s immunizations up to date.In most states students new to schools are required by law to have a physical examination by a doctor or a nurse practitioner no more than nine months before, or six months after, they enroll. For healthy growth, your child needs:
- Children learn and do their best in school when they eat a variety of healthy foods in child-sized portions. Healthy foods include fruits and vegetables, breads and cereal, yogurt, milk, and meats. Your child should have a healthy meal before he or she leaves for school. Most elementary schools offer a healthy school breakfast and lunch every day. If your child has food allergies or a special diet, be sure to let the teacher know.
- Children from low-income families may eat school meals free or at a reduced cost. Call your school for more information. If you have trouble affording healthy foods, you may be able to get help.
- Your child needs plenty of exercise in order to be healthy and strong. School-age children need to walk, run, jump and actively play every day.
- Most five-year-olds need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day. A good night’s sleep will help your child to be alert and active in school.
Hearing, Vision, and Dental Screening
- A child who has trouble seeing or hearing will eventually have problems in school. That is why your child’s school will schedule a routine hearing and vision screening to try to detect any problems early. Your child’s dental health is just as important. Have a dentist examine your child before he or she starts kindergarten, and at regular intervals afterward.
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