Back to School: Staying Healthy In and Out of the Classroom

September 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Whether in the classroom or on the athletic fields, children and teens are exposed to situations where their health can be compromised.  To help you prepare and be fully back-to-school ready, here are some common health issues that pop up during the school year.

Aspiring athletes:  It’s the perfect time to get your superstar a physical before heading back to practice. Most schools require their athletes to have a sports-specific physical before stepping on the field, and with extended hours at our clinics, it’s an easy stop before heading back to school. Athletes should also be aware of lingering heat from the summer and take precautions to stay healthy while practicing or working out in high temperatures.

●     Work slowly to build up endurance in hot situations.

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●     Get plenty of sleep.

●     Drink lots of fluids before, during and after workouts.

●     Quick cooling is key to preventing heat-related deaths; ice baths can also bring the body temperature down in a serious heat situation.


Battling Bugs: Since children are likely to be exposed to germs at school, here are some of the most common illnesses and symptoms that strike children during the school year. Immunizations can help prevent the spread of these infections, as can regular hand washing.

●     Meningitis and meningococcal disease

●     Influenza

●     Norovirus

●     MRSA (staph)

●     Pertussis (whooping cough)


Hidden Germs: Knowing the common infections that circulate at school can help keep you ahead of the stomach bug, but germs can hide in a variety of places, like your child’s backpack or a cell phone. Here are some other places where your kids may encounter germs.

●     Pencil sharpener

●     Desktops

●     Cafeteria

●     School pools

●     Gym class


The good news is that most germs and bugs can be nipped in the bud with regular hand washing and some parental vigilance. Preventive physicals and immunizations are also key to keeping your kids healthy in the classroom, on the playing field and, most importantly, at home.

 

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 Doctors Express, a leading national urgent care provider opened its newest state-of-the-art facility in January to serve local residents and businesses. We are located in South Plainfield (just minutes from Edison) at 907 Oak Tree Avenue in the Oak Park Commons Center next to Super A&P. Doctors Express provides quality, convenient, and affordable medical care for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries ranging from cuts and bruises, sprains to fractures, and coughs to colds and much more. Travel vaccinations, flu shots, sports and camp physicals are also available as well as DOT and pre-employment physicals and alcohol/drug testing. Appointments and referrals are not required with prompt care offered on an extended-hours basis, seven days a week. We're open weekdays from 8am-8pm and weekends from 8am-5pm. Doctors Express accepts most insurance plans and provides a comprehensive suite of medical services including digital x-rays, on-site laboratories, and prescription medicine dispensation. Patients are always treated by licensed and board-certified physicians who are passionate about the practice of medicine. Doctors Express emphasizes respect and compassion and strives to provide the highest quality medical care in a convenient manner. For more information please call us at 908-222-3500 or visit our website www.DoctorsExpressSouthPlainfield.com.

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