WHP Pediatrician Dr. Peter Richel’s Back To School Tips Featured In U.S. News & World Report


Peter Richel MD of Westchester Health Pediatrics Offers Back To School Health Tips For Parents

Katonah, NY, September 4, 2015 — With the start of each new school year, parents need to remember the importance of keeping their children healthy, Dr. Peter Richel, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, advises.

“As we approach the beginning of each school year, we must consider the ongoing health of our children,” Dr. Richel said in a recent article in U.S. News & World Report. “Ages differ, and therefore needs and concerns differ, but principles remain the same. Healthier children are happier children.”

In the article, “Dr. Pete,” as Richel is commonly called, outlines a number of ways to help children stay healthy during the school year. One important consideration is making sure they get enough sleep. “We often allow later bedtimes during summer months, usually compensating with later sleeping each morning, but adequate rest cannot be overemphasized once school begins. Bedtime routines are very important, especially with earlier start times. Try not to overbook children with activities, especially younger children. Inadequate rest can lead to lowered resistance, and increase susceptibility to illness,” he said.

Other factors discussed by Dr. Richel in the which contribute to good health in school-age children include:

  • Good nutrition (3 three meals a day, including a good breakfast)
  • Daily exercise
  • Vaccinations (strongly recommended)
  • openly talking about any anxiety related to school
  • Safety (on the bus and in cars)
  • Backpacks (should be worn evenly across the back)
  • Avoid putting too much pressure on children to do well

“Don’t demand perfection, simply encourage each child to do their best,” Richel urges. “Remember, each child is an individual, and need not feel pressure to do all things, or to do all things well.”

To read the U.S. News & World Report article in its entirety, please click here.


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