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SIHF Healthcare Offers Back-to-School Health Tips for Parents

July 10, 2018

SIHF Healthcare is preparing parents for the back-to-school craze. By following these health tips, your little ones will be in tip-top shape on their first day.

Improper backpack usage can result in strained muscles. Children should always use both straps, as slinging it over one shoulder can cause back pain. Adjust the straps so the bottom of the pack sits at your child’s waist and regularly remove unnecessary items to keep it light.

Sleep is vital to the development of children. “Encourage a consistent bedtime for your kids by developing a routine,” says Dr. Michael Koenig, pediatrician at SIHF Healthcare, #2 Terminal Drive in E. Alton, Ill. “Have them put electronics away at least one hour before bedtime. This is critical to their rest as electronics have been shown to disrupt the natural sleep-wake cycle pattern.”

Educate your child on the food pyramid, and how to eat healthy while still eating delicious foods. Studies show that a nutritious breakfast gives children more energy and improves their concentration.

Teach your child to avoid sharing hats, combs, lip balm, earbuds, and drinks as they easily spread germs. Remind them to cover their mouth when they cough with the corner of their elbow and encourage frequent hand washing.

The pediatrician’s at SIHF Healthcare want to keep your child healthy this school year. Whether they need physicals, dental exams, vaccinations or same-day sick visits, each provider will oversee your child’s health, ensuring strong development. To make an appointment with our certified pediatricians or nurse practitioners, visit www.sihf.org.

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About SIHF Healthcare
SIHF Healthcare operates a network of more than 30 health centers across 11 Illinois counties with more than 160 medical providers who deliver comprehensive health care services including: adult, family, women’s health, pediatrics, dental services, behavioral health, and population health services. As one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center networks in the country, SIHF Healthcare is devoted to leading individuals and communities to their healthiest lifestyle regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, visit www.sihf.org.