Back-to-School Series

As parents, students and teachers head back to school, they have many items to check off their to-do lists. While stocking up on pencils, papers and laptops, don't forget to add mental and physical health to the checklist.

In our second annual Back-to-School Series, we've compiled expert tips and tools to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape for a positive and healthy school year. Our Back-to-School Series is intended to provide parents with quick tips from our pediatric specialists about topics such as COVID-19 vaccinations, school anxiety, eating disorders, peanut allergies, and other issues you may have questions about.

COVID VACCINE MYTHS


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To help answer your questions about COVID-19 vaccines for kids who are 12 and older, our Director of Pharmacy, Brian McKee, addresses several common misconceptions. Stay up to date on the latest information on our COVID-19 Vaccination Update page.


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For a deeper dive, check out our blog post, Top 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Debunked.



MENTAL HEALTH


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With more uncertainty again this year, children may be experiencing heightened anxiety about going back to school. Pediatric Psychologist, Ximena Flanders, PsyDshares three back to school tips to help parents as their kids transition. Visit our blog for additional back to school coping tips.



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Check out Dr. Flanders' additional tips to help your kids stay calm and start feeling good about returning to school in-person.



IMMUNIZATIONS


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Even though most children in South Florida are going back to school virtually, experts say it's vital to stay up to date on your children's immunizations to help avoid preventable diseases like Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles and Hepatitis A. Carolina Kaack, ARNP, talks about how to prepare and what vaccination services are available in our community, like Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Mobile Health Center. Stay tuned for more back-to-school information from our experts.



SLEEP

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Raise your hand if your child’s bedtime has gone out the window during quarantine and a relaxed summer schedule. We know some children and teenagers are staying up late and sleeping in. Our sleep medicine specialists explain why it's time for kids to get their ZZZs and how to get back on a healthy sleep schedule. Check out our latest blog.


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Creating a habit of early bedtime for our little ones might be one of the best things a parent can do for their health. Beena Vells, ARNP, at our Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary & Sleep Center, shares tips on the benefits of getting your child to sleep early.



RECONDITIONING


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Back to school and back to sports! Whether it's virtual dance classes, travel baseball or training for karate, did you know that returning to sports after downtime requires reconditioning?

Matthew Fazekas, MD, medical director of the U18 Pediatric Sports Medicine Program shares tips on three important things to help kids return to sports safely and avoid injuries.


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As student athletes return to organized sports after summer break, it is important to understand the effects that a period of inactivity can have on the body. Pediatric sports medicine specialist, Michael Dressing, MD, shares his thoughts on ways to combat detraining in athletes.


TELEHEALTH


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The pandemic has changed our way of life in many ways, including the way we use technology to treat and heal. Kids now have access to important therapies like physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and speech therapy through telehealth.

As we wrap up our Back-to-School series, Debbie Lessard, director of Rehabilitation at Memorial Hospital West, discusses the benefits telehealth rehabilitation therapies are having on children. Some of these include reaching goals quicker, and saving time in the car.


EATING DISORDERS


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Adolescent eating disorders have been on the rise since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Elba Iglesias, MD, medical director, Adolescent Medicine, shares tips on what parents should watch for as children go back to school.


FOOD ALLERGIES


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As the number of kids with food allergies continues to climb, pediatric allergist and immunologist Nicole Akar-Ghibril, MD, shares tips you to keep in mind as children return to school.


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Back to School Anxiety

Tips to help families cope with anxiety around returning to school.

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Healthy Sleep Habits

Tips to help you get your kids into a normal sleep routine.

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Prevent Detraining

Tips for athletes to prevent the effects of detraining.