YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Kids will be heading back to school in just a few short weeks, and there’s a lot that parents are doing to make sure everyone in the house is ready for the new school year.
Along with school supplies, vaccinations and paperwork, doctors have some recommendations to make sure students start the year off right.
Right now is the time to start getting students back on a school-day schedule.
Doctor Michael Sevilla, a local family physician, says the first thing to work on is getting your kids back into a routine.
“What I tell parents is to try to reset their sleep schedule about 15 to 30 minutes each night to get them back on their sleep schedule,” Sevilla said
Sevilla recommends starting that adjustment now, and not wait until the day before school starts. Students need about nine hours of sleep each night.
“When kids don’t get enough sleep, it can affect their learning and their behavior,” Sevilla said.
The next big component in a successful school day is breakfast. Studies show kids who don’t eat breakfast, just like not getting enough sleep, can have learning and behavior problems in class. Some better are better than others, and Sevilla warns against sugary cereals or pastries.
“Try to get a fruit, a vegetable, a protein, maybe like a scrambled egg to start off their day,” Sevilla said.
And when you are shopping for school supplies, chances are a book bag is on that list. Sevilla said wide straps give better back support, but it’s also how the backpack is worn that makes a difference.
“You need to use both shoulders. You need a backpack that’s pretty padded as well and not to have the backpack be more than 10 or 20 pounds or 20 percent of their body weight,” Sevilla said.