Keep Your New College Student Healthy
If you’re sending a kid off to college for the first time, below are some tips from the Mayo Clinic.
l The best place to start is with a pre-college physical exam. Since living in cramped quarters with hundreds of other students increases the risk of infectious diseases, consider these extra vaccinations: Meningococcal disease, Hepatitis B and Influenza.
l Urge your child to get enough sleep. While “all-nighters” may appear to be the way to prepare for exams, they can be avoided by strengthening study and time-management skills. Invest in some earplugs and eyeshades for your child in case s/he ends up living in a noisy dorm or has a roommate who stays up ‘til all hours.
l Alcohol is still a prominent feature of social life on most campuses, even though most students are underage. Remind your child that drug use and underage drinking are illegal and everything in moderation.
l Tell your child to find out where the campus health services are and how they operate shortly after arriving at school.
l If your child is covered by your health insurance, give your child his/her own insurance card and all the pertinent phone and account numbers. If not, many colleges offer low-cost insurance for students.
l Encourage your child to continue to practice all of the life skills they have learned so far and to continue to soar to new heights!