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The early grade-school years are a great time for kids to further their independence, but that doesn’t mean they’re all grown up. Like it or not, some not-so-fun health and safety concerns will follow them into this time period. The following are common health questions from parents for this age group.
If your child has a problem with bedwetting, you’re not alone. Millions of kids over six are in the same boat. In fact, bedwetting is a condition that can run in families.
The underlying problem:
Your child’s brain and bladder aren’t communicating well. The brain can’t tell the bladder to hold it, and the bladder can’t tell the brain to wake up.
What doesn’t work:
Your child may be eager to grow up, but don’t be too hasty to ditch the booster seat. Studies show that child restraints reduce the risk of injury by 60% compared to seatbelts alone.
Rules for booster seats:
For a complete guide on car seats, boosters, and how a seat belt should fit, read our Car Safety Guide.
Missing school isn’t convenient for anyone, but some illnesses are better left at home. If you’re not sure whether to send them in or take a sick day, here are some good rules of thumb:
If, however, a child’s symptoms won’t hinder his or her participation in school activities, they should be good to go.
School is a great place for teaching many kids at once. It’s also a great place to share germs all at once. Yes, lice included. If you get the dreaded lice email from your school, here is what you should know:
To avoid lice, teach your kids to never put other people’s things on or in their hair.
Get a sneak peek at the parenting concerns coming your way next in our teen and tween FAQs. And don’t forget to check out those common concerns that affect kids at every age on our Timeless FAQs page.
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