Health Risks Of Back-To-School Season And How To Avoid Them

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Health Risks Of Back-To-School Season And How To Avoid Them

The beginning of the school year is swiftly approaching and with it often comes a mixture of emotions. Some students and parents look forward to school with high expectations and excitement, while others dread the idea, hoping to somehow avoid times of papers, projects, early morning commutes and certain drama.

But getting ready for school involves more than preparing your emotions for sports and projects. There are many risks and health concerns associated with the school year!

Social Isolation

According to research, when a child gets to middle school, they tend to develop sensitivities to social challenges and their self esteem becomes more fragile (1). It is during this vulnerable, developmental time (and for the following years) that supporting your growing adolescent emotionally is of critical importance.

Social isolation is extraordinarily common amongst students who haven’t properly been helped to develop and maintain their social skills or maintain social boundaries in a healthy way (1). Social isolation is especially likely to occur amongst students who are perceived to be at all “different,” be that because of their appearance, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious beliefs, personality traits, preferences, or disabilities, etc. (1).

Millions of children, adolescents and young adults today suffer from strong feelings of social isolation due to the lack of support they receive around them. It is our responsibility as adults and parents to recognize this behavior and offer the support they need.

Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression in schools is on the rise (2). Adolescents are at a greater risk for depression during high school and college, but because of the social stigma surrounding mental illness, few receive the help they actually need (2).

60% of high school and college students suffering from depression hesitate to seek out the help or receive any treatment for their mental struggles (2). Parents must educate themselves in order to help their children work through these difficulties in a healthy, appropriate way.

Binge Drinking

Excessive drinking has accounted for over 4,000 deaths every year among people under the age of 21 (3). The kinds of friends and social connections your children make at school can often be alarmingly unhealthy. Adolescents who drink excessively usually obtain their alcohol from someone else – older friends, friends of friends, etc. – and certain connections they can make at school greatly increase their ability to access alcohol (3).

Meningitis

Simply, “Meningitis is an infection and resulting inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord” (4). It is most often caused by bacteria or viruses, though it can also be caused by a fungal infection, a reaction to medication, cancer, or traumatic injuries (4). Meningitis is easily spread and not uncommon in schools. Symptoms include fever, headache and a stiff neck (4). Sometimes it can cause nausea and vomiting, confusion, disorientation, drowsiness and poor appetite (4). Proper hygiene habits are the key to avoiding this uncomfortable infection.

Conclusion

Without being over controlling, parents need to be aware of the influences their children are soon to be under when entering into the school semester. Proper preparation is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

How do you prepare your kids for the upcoming school season? What health precautions do you take? How do you help them avoid or weather any of the things listed above? Share your thoughts, tips and experiences with us in the comments, we’d love to hear and learn from you.

References:

  1. https://www.beyonddifferences.org/social-isolation/
  2. https://www.newportacademy.com/resources/mental-health/adolescent-depression-in-schools/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5657986/
  4. http://www.healthinschools.org/issue-areas/other-school-health-issues/school-health-issues/meningitis/#sthash.8sqaMQjT.dpbs
Drew Canole

Drew Canole

CEO at Fitlife.tv
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.

As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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