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Due to the increased number of cases of COVID-19, we are limiting visitors to our offices and requesting that adult patients come to their appointments alone. Exceptions will be made if assistance or a caregiver is needed. For pediatric patients, please limit to one parent or caregiver, exceptions considered.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Though you’ve made it through the first week or two of back-to-school, you may find adjustments are still needed, especially after a year of pandemic living.
While many of the same practices we recommended this time last year can help, there are a few other things to also keep in mind.
The school routine may provide some welcome structure, but there’s a hidden element of chaos to it.
Being surrounded again by classmates, teachers, volunteers, and school staff, while also experiencing accelerated sensory stimulation, may lead to more exhaustion — even if your family is getting plenty of sleep.
Everyone is adjusting to more social interaction, and children can be especially sensitive to this increase in outside stimulation.
For stress relief, help children focus on some new coping techniques “like breathing exercises, drinking water, lying on the ground, going for a walk, or refocusing on a soothing object like a calming glitter bottle,” as Amy Baez, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of Playapy, in a recent piece in Fatherly.
Building in a little extra quiet time for silent reading, listening to soothing music, or even five minutes of family yoga may also help align everyone’s well-being.
Returning to close quarters with classmates means inevitably some germs will get swapped, even if everyone’s wearing a mask. Skin conditions, such as warts, molluscum, and rashes may surface. Here are three contagious skin conditions to be on the lookout for:
Vigilant hand washing is one of the best methods to fight contagious skin conditions (along with many other contagious germs).
Truly listening to what’s going on with children can help you both find solutions — and cultivate a deeper relationship together.
“Active Listening is the single most important skill you can have in your parenting ‘toolbelt,’” The Center for Parenting Education advises. This specific form of communicating “lets another person know that you are ‘with them,’ aware of what they are saying, accepting of their perspective, and appreciative of their situation.”
Though it may take some practice, active listening can be done almost anywhere, and can easily fit into your return-to-school routine.
At SouthCoast Health, we care about your family’s whole wellness. If you need help adjusting, or if new issues have cropped up since a return to school, make an appointment through our website or give us a call at 912-691-3600.
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