Every back-to-school season is filled with excitement and nerves but it’s not limited to just children — many parents get the jitters too. CURAD Chief Nursing Officer Martie Moore offers some safety tips to keep back-to-school butterflies at bay.
Q: What recommendations do you have for parents sending their children off to elementary school for the first time?
A: Sending a child off to school for the first time can be nerve-wracking. Often, this is the first time parent and child will be separated for a majority of the day. There are many small things parents can do to comfort their child and give themselves peace of mind. A major step is to talk to who will take care of your child during the day. Be sure to meet the teachers, principal and school nurse.
Believe it or not, some schools don’t have a dedicated nurse onsite. So take the time to find out who is trained to address health needs should they arise. Another simple way to comfort your child is to pack bandages in their backpack or pencil case. Packing a few bandages like CURAD Truly Ouchless™ or ones with fun characters can give them a dose of reassurance that they can take care of themselves even if they get a boo boo or scrape.
Q: What should be done for children with allergies?
A: All allergies or other serious medical concerns should be discussed with the school nurse or whoever at the school is trained for emergencies. Your child’s teacher should also be alerted to any of these types of conditions. Make sure your child wears an allergy ID band, so any adult is easily aware of the special circumstances. And if your child requires an EpiPen for allergies, it’s critical that you know who at your child’s school can help in a moment’s notice.
Q: Anything else parents of school-aged children should look out for?
A: Something that often doesn’t come up until children enter school is visual problems. If the child shows changes, such as moving closer to the TV at home, this may signify the need for glasses. It’s important to identify these issues as quickly as possible, since it directly affects their learning. If a young child can’t see the chalkboard, they may attribute the difficulty to their learning abilities, and not their eyes. To prevent this from affecting your child’s self-esteem, observe your child’s behavior so you can catch cues early on.