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Back-to-School Ready

All You Need to Know to Keep Your Kids Healthy


As we head into another school year shaped by the pandemic, there are steps you can take to help your kids be physically and mentally prepared. Getting them caught up on appointments and vaccines, listening to their fears, and adopting healthy habits will help your kids — and you — start the school year off on the right foot.

HealthyWomen has compiled the essential information and expert advice you need to know now. Read on to learn more.

Prevention and Screenings

The pandemic has caused many parents to delay routine care, including things like dental cleanings and checkups. Because annual appointments are when many kids receive their scheduled vaccinations, those who missed their yearly checkups may also have missed vaccines. But it's important — and easy! — to get them caught up. Learn which vaccines your child needs before school starts, what herd immunity has to do with your child and more.

Tips for a Safe and Healthy Return to School

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Getting Caught Up on Back-to-School Vaccines

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The Truth About Vaccines

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Mental Health

As many children go back to school after 18 months of the global pandemic, social isolation and on-and-off remote learning, they too are feeling the additional stress and uncertainty of these times.

Nutrition and Wellness

Despite the hustle and bustle that comes with the start of the school year, it's important to establish and stick with good habits.

All About Periods

"Mommy, what happens if I'm not home when I get my period?" asked Diana Whitney's daughter, 9 years old at the time and already anxious about the prospect of getting her period. For many kids — and parents — who consider periods a source of embarrassment, the last thing they want to do is talk about it. And for families that struggle to afford period products, menstruating increases the likelihood of students missing school. But there are things you can do to help any child with a uterus shed the shame surrounding their cycle, normalize the period conversation and access menstrual products.

Back to You

No matter what self-care looks like to you, it can help you recharge, manage life's challenges and hit the reset button — which can be a much-needed boost to your mental and physical health during the busy school year.