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Oman Health: Preschool fears

The transition of starting school for the first time can be difficult for children because it changes their routine.

How do parents allay a child’s anxiety about starting school?

Paediatricians often encourage parents to get their children into routines – bath time, bedtime, meals – because they can help create a sense of comfort and calm.

The transition of starting school for the first time, changing grades or changing schools can be difficult for children because it changes their routine.

Parents can help ease anxiety about school by:

Why are childhood immunisations important?

Childhood immunisations are important because they prevent people from getting certain diseases.

Some people believe that immunisations are no longer important because the diseases that they prevent are now no longer common. But, physicians insist the reason these diseases are not common anymore is because so many people have been vaccinated and protected against them.

Many schools require children be vaccinated against certain diseases before starting school. Find out what immunisations your child’s school requires.

Making sure children are up-to-date with immunisations is the best way to protect your family, school and community from outbreaks of unnecessary illnesses and deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why is it important for kids to continue to get an annual health-check even when they appear to be healthy?

Annual health visits are an opportunity for your children’s doctor not only to make sure they have been given the appropriate vaccines but also to check their development, behaviour and overall well-being.

Some things your children’s doctor might look into, according to the AAP, are any concerns about:

Health visits can help identify possible concerns about your children’s health, including hearing problems, vision problems or learning disorders.

There is more time to focus on your children’s overall health at a health visit because there is not the immediate focus on any sickness they might have.

What are the harmful foods that can affect a child’s learning?

Too much junk food – especially fast food – can have a negative effect on a child’s ability to learn.

According to a study printed in journal Clinical Pediatrics, kids who ate fast food at least four times a week had lower test scores in reading, maths and science than kids who had not consumed any fast food.

Diets high in fats and sugars and low in nutrients have been shown to hurt immediate memory, learning processes and cognitive development, according to the study.

How can summer’s extreme heat affect children?

Children’s body heat can rise faster than an adult’s, and it only takes a few minutes for children’s bodies to overheat.

Health effects that could be caused by extreme heat include:

To keep summer’s extreme heat from affecting your children:

What areas of a family’s life should be considered when creating a healthy transition from summer to school?

Working your way from a looser summer routine back into a more structured school-year routine is a great way to get a healthy start to school.

To start the school year off on the right foot, Dr Haneef recommends some of the following tips:

Try a fresh fruit and spinach smoothie, some oatmeal or some fruit and nuts.

If they’re old enough, encourage them to walk or bike to school with friends and use it as an opportunity to talk about safety.

And, don’t forget to add a cooling pack of some kind to keep their lunch at the right temperature.

Also, sign them up for after-school activities, such as sports or dance, which can keep the sofa and screen time to a minimum.

Starting to get back into good sleep habits before summer ends will help once school starts.

Also make sure they’re wearing shoes that will let them be active – trainers are always a good choice.

Starting off the school year on a healthy note can help that tricky transition from summer to school go as smoothly as possible.