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When your child is ill, it can impact your entire family. Illness can also lead to unnecessary absences. But how sick is too sick?

As a parent, you are an important resource and advocate for your child’s health. When you set up regular doctor’s visits for your child, you ensure that their health stays on track. Your child’s doctor can work with you to identify symptoms and treat potential health issues to give them a better chance of curing or managing illness. And even if your child has a chronic health condition, such as asthma, diabetes, oral health or vision problems, your school’s nurse or counselor can help provide medical support throughout the school day.

Read on for more suggestions and resources to set your child up for a lifetime of good health.

  • 2-1-1

    2-1-1 is a nationwide emergency and crisis resource center available both online and by phone by dialing 2-1-1. Here you’ll find information on food and nutrition services for families, medical and dental resources, as well as information to help you find affordable healthcare and vaccination options.

  • New Eyes

    Good eyesight is essential for learning, but headaches, resistance to reading and poor grades may be symptoms of vision problems. This website can help you find free comprehensive eye exams and glasses.

  • EPA’s Resources about Asthma

    Learn how you can help manage your child’s asthma and reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks both inside your home and out.

  • Head Start’s Guide to Family Health and Safety

    Good health goes beyond staving off the sniffles. Head Start offers tips on everything from establishing good oral hygiene habits to developing healthy relationships to preventing accidents and injuries.

Nutrition and Exercise: The Foundation of Good Health

By encouraging good nutrition and daily exercise, you can play a big role in making sure your child stays healthy. Let’s Move! offers guidance on how make healthy food choices, grocery shop on a budget, plan menus and teach your kids to love the food that fuels good health. For more tips on putting together a well-balanced plate, check out these kid-friendly choices and snacking tips from the USDA.

Need help motivating your kids to get 60 minutes of play each day? The NFL’s Play60 guide for parents can help you get your kids of the couch, away from screens and moving toward a healthier lifestyle.

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