Whilst many children are excited to see and play with friends for the first time in a long time, it’s only natural that the return to school is met with a flurry of mixed emotions. Here we look at some of our back to school favourites to help ease the transition.
Boost their confidence
Children can catch up on lessons they’ve missed, but what you can’t replace are those incidental aspects of education that are important for a child’s development, such as play and developing social skills. The longer children stay away from school, the more withdrawn and anxious they can become.
If your child is feeling anxious about returning to school, reassure them it is perfectly safe, but also normal to feel worried about going back to school. Talk through their concerns and let them know other children will be feeling the same way they do, and that feelings of anxiety and worry will soon pass as they become used to their new routine.
For extra support try diluting 3 to 5 drops of Jan de Vries Child Essence in a little water up to three times a day. This flower essence has a calming effect on nervous children and can help with emotional imbalance and stress.
Increase their concentration levels
A good breakfast that combines protein and complex carbs, such as eggs or beans on wholemeal toast, will help to keep concentration levels high throughout the day.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are also important, with studies showing improvements in children of primary school age in just two terms. Oily fish is of course a good food source of omega-3s, as are walnuts, pumpkin and flax seeds, but none of these is likely to make it past your average five-year-old’s discerning palate. In which case, a fish oil supplement for children can help. Try Wiley’s Elementary EPA & DHA - its natural mango peach flavour is a huge hit, and each spoonful provides 1500mg per serving.
Keeping sugary snacks and drinks to a minimum, to keep blood sugar levels stable, will also help to boost concentration levels in children. A sharp drop in blood sugar can be a reason for poor concentration, low mood and sometimes aggression. Nutrients that help to support healthy blood sugar levels include chromium, manganese, magnesium and vitamin B3. A good children’s multivitamin and mineral will help you to keep them topped up. Try Solgar’s Kangavites Multivitamin & Mineral supplements , which are suitable for children over the age of three.
Support their immune health
Boosting your child’s immunity and keeping them safe at school and in the playground will be high on everyone’s list of priorities. Germs on a child’s hands can be easily passed to other children by direct touch or indirectly by touching contaminated objects. Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly to help stop the spread of germs, especially after every visit to the toilet and before eating food.
A good probiotic supplement can help to strengthen your child’s immune system. This is especially worth bearing in mind if your child has recently finished a course of antibiotics, which as well as fighting bad bacteria also destroy good bacteria in the gut. Try Optibac for Babies & Children , a handy probiotic in powder form that can be sprinkled over food or added to yoghurt.
Finally, Echinacea purpurea is well-documented for its immune-supportive properties and can help to fight the symptoms of colds and flu. Echinaforce® Chewable Cold & Flu tablets are suitable for children over the age of 12 and are easier to take than drops or tablets – they also taste great too.