Ready for School? Aug/Sept 2014

The arrival of fall means the start of the school year! Helping your kids prepare is important to help them do well. Read on for tips on health concerns & vitamins, back-to-school checklists and more!

Just the facts about head lice

The truth about lice is that they are:

  • A very common problem especially in children 3 to 12 years of age
  • Highly contagious and rather annoying
  • Not a sign of poor hygiene or lack of cleanliness
  • Not dangerous, and they do not spread disease

What to do:

  • Use a comb, a magnifying glass and a bright light to check for lice in your child’s scalp
  • Ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for a medicated shampoo or rinse that will kill the lice
  • Wash hats, pillowcases, brushes and combs in hot water
  • Check other children in the house for head lice

A recipe for wellness

Click here to learn how to make Blueberry Bran Muffins.


Your back to school checklist

Keeping safe, keeping healthy:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Miniature hand sanitizer
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Mini Bandaids®

If needed

  • Epinephrine auto injector*
  • Other medications*


* Younger students should give the medication to the teacher or office staff. Make sure the school has instructions or training on how to administer the medication.

Supplies for school:

  • Pencil case
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Markers
  • Pens & pencils
  • Combination lock
  • Post-it® Notes
  • Binders & duo-tangs
  • Notebooks
  • Student planner
  • Calculator
  • Backpack

Vitamins and minerals for growing bodies

Busy homes, busy schedules busy families – sometimes it can be challenging to be sure your kids are getting all the nutrients they need in a day. Vitamins should not be used as a replacement for good, whole nutritious foods, but a daily multivitamin can help make sure your children are getting important nutrients for their growth and keeping them healthy. Below is a list of the top 6 vitamins and minerals children need.

  • Vitamin A promotes normal growth and development
  • Vitamin Bs (B2, B3, B6, and B12) aid metabolism, energy production, and healthy circulatory and nervous systems
  • Vitamin C promotes healthy muscles, connective tissue, and skin
  • Vitamin D promotes bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium
  • Calcium helps build strong bones as a child grows
  • Iron builds muscle and is essential to healthy red blood cells

Breakfast is important

We have heard it over and over – “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. But what you may not know is why. Below are just a few reasons why breakfast, especially for children, is so important:

  • After a good night’s sleep, a nutritious breakfast jumpstarts your day by providing both you and your children with the energy to get you going.
  • Not only does your body need energy, your brain needs energy too. Studies have shown that children who skip breakfast also get poorer grades in school.
  • Children who consume breakfast are more likely to
    a. Get the proper nutrition, e.g., increased dietary fibre, lower total fat and cholesterol
    b. Receive good amounts of essential vitamins and minerals
    c. Maintain a normal body weight

But remember, healthy snacks and a nutritious lunch are important, too! Keep your little ones going for the entire day!

Did you know... 31% of elementary school children and 62% of secondary school students skip breakfast?

When you consider that the body of a young teen needs more calories than at any other time of life, these numbers are quite shocking.


A good night’s sleep

Three reasons your kids need to get a good night’s sleep

  1. Sleep is essential for children’s health and growth because it directly impacts mental and physical development
  2. Sleep promotes alertness, memory and performance
  3. Not getting enough or having poor sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioural problems and problems that can impact their ability to learn

Severe allergic reactions

What to know, what to do
Severe allergic reactions (also called anaphylaxis) come on suddenly and require immediate emergency care. While these serious reactions are not common, some people are at more risk than others, i.e., people with allergies to insect bites/stings, foods, and certain medications.

Severe allergic reactions usually involve at least two of the following body systems at the same time

  • Respiratory system (difficulty breathing, throat swelling, etc.)
  • Cardiovascular system (fast heartbeat or pulse)
  • Gastrointestinal system (stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting)
  • Skin (itching, swelling, redness, hives, etc.)


If your child or teen has allergies and is at risk of severe allergic reactions be sure to talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart and your doctor about having an epinephrine auto injector to keep on hand (at home and at school) in case of emergency.

Packing for college or university?

Don’t forget...

  • Bed linens (sheets, blanket, etc.)
  • Mattress cover & pillows
  • Towels
  • Alarm clock & calendar
  • Bulletin board & thumbtacks
  • Room decorations
  • Cell phone & charger
  • Computer & accessories
  • School supplies (including backpack)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc.)
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Vitamins & over-the-counter medications (nausea/diarrhea, pain/fever relief, etc.)
  • Laundry supplies
  • Personal documentation (e.g., ID, license)
  • Be smart, get your flu shot!
  • Ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about meningitis or HPV vaccines

Off to college or university

You’re ready to study hard, pull all-nighters, sleep all day and have fun. Right?

Well, keep in mind these changes in your normal routine may come at a cost.

Your newfound freedom, combined with a schedule packed with classes, project deadlines, studying and a social life, may lead to some poor nutrition choices. After all, who has time to make sure you’re eating well?

Well, the fact is that eating regularly and choosing healthy portions of nutritious foods means having more mental and physical energy, plus it will help you avoid the dreaded 'Frosh 15' (the 15 pounds many first year students gain along with their freedom from home).

Sure, there will be days when you are too busy or having too much fun to make the perfect food choices. That’s why it’s a good idea to supplement your diet with a good quality multivitamin. While vitamins are not a replacement for nutritious meals and snacks, they can help make sure that you are getting some of the key nutrients and minerals your body needs.

Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart is always available to support you and your family with advice about your everyday health and wellness. Just ask!

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.


*The pharmacist at Walmart does not endorse or recommend any sponsor or their products or services.
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This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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