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There is always so much fun and excitement in the new beginning of a school year!
All the new school clothes and coordinating outfits, still-without-stains.
The kids’ newly chosen lunchboxes with fun new lunch ideas to keep their bellies full.
And maybe the best new of all, new friends being made on the bus and at school.
But all that new brings new germs, too! And new exposure to new viruses.
Just a couple weeks into our school year, and we’re already experiencing the back to school sniffles and illness. So, I definitely don’t have the magic formula to keep your kid healthy all school year.
But I do have some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way to help you steer that crazy “Kid Health Train” in the right direction and get through those inevitable hard times when it does take a turn for kids sickness.
Let’s check ’em out…
Let Go of Guilt & Anxiety Over Seeking Kids Health Care
I’ll admit it; I’m one of those researching mamas. I’ve usually done my own research about my kids’ health issues before ever getting to a health professional. I’ve been working lately on finding a healthy balance between “I have a well-earned medical degree from Google” and “Just trust the kids’ health care team, already!”
As if the constant worry over my kids’ health and whether the doctors are treating it properly isn’t enough, it brings with it a good chunk of anxiety and stress over how I am perceived by others, too. I find myself worrying about whether the doctors think my concerns and questions are irrational. I know, I know; I have anxiety and stress over anxiety and stress!
But more often than not over the years, my instincts on my children’s health have been pretty accurate. So while I’ll keep working on that healthy balance between concern over my kids and trust in their doctors, I’m also going to try to let go of the guilt and anxiety over following my instincts. I think it’s time we trust ourselves as moms to manage our kids’ health care.
Use SingleCare to Take Back Some Control – & Money!
Speaking of managing the kids’ health care… I’ve recently signed up for SingleCare, a great tool for taking control of your family’s health.
First, rest assured, a SingleCare membership is entirely FREE!
Just head over to SingleCare.com to search for the prescription you need (or for the dental or vision issue you need addressing) TODAY! Then, make sure to sign up for a FREE account so you get access to all that SingleCare has to offer – like finding affordable optometrists or dentists, getting prescription discounts, and even setting up video doctor visits.
A go-to tool when you need to find the best, most affordable health care option for your kid.
Sounds like less back to school stress to me!
Here are some of my favorite ways SingleCare makes the back to school “sick season” healthier and less stressful…
- I love how you can check prescriptions ahead of time on SingleCare to find the most affordable pharmacy for them. Using this price comparison search feature can help you save up to 80% on prescriptions!
- The free prescription discount card is accepted nationwide at over 35,000 pharmacies, including Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS! I love how SingleCare is so readily accepted at so many different stores as we sometimes have to use different pharmacies for different insurance plans and medications.
- Oh, and you don’t actually need to remember the prescription card. You can use the convenient SingleCare app that can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play or on SingleCare.com.
- You can compare prices at various local health care providers, too. So you can decide ahead of time where you would rather go for a specific appointment or procedure.
- SingleCare makes payment easy, too. You can pay for your health care services through the payment method you set up on your SingleCare account, which makes the payment information easily accessible for review later. (No stressing over saving receipts and bills!)
Plus, you don’t need to have health insurance, and there’s no obligation or commitment involved. If you find SingleCare helpful and easy to use (which I definitely did), keep using it for savings. The more you use it, the more you will save! If not, no big deal.
Adjust Your Expectations about Kids Health
It just isn’t very practical to think our kids are going to always be the perfect picture of health. Growing kids learn about the world, and their place in it, through experience and interaction. And germs, bacteria, and viruses are a part of that world, too. So as much as we’d like to be able to, we can’t protect our kids from them all the time. Let’s face it, our kids are dirty, germy creatures who get sick sometimes.
I’ve learned to take a closer look at my expectations during times of disappointment, frustration, and stress. Quite often those expectations were far higher than they ever should have been. When I shift my perspective to a more realistic one, I can process the emotions a little quicker (i.e. the exasperation over yet another upper respiratory infection) and move forward to taking action and finding a solution – in this case, finding proper health care for my sick kid.
Don’t Forget to Sign Up for SingleCare for a Better School Year!
Don’t forget to hop over and search for your prescription and medical needs over on SingleCare TODAY! The more kid health care options and savings, the more control you will have and relief you will feel when things get germy and crummy this school year.
Now, let’s hear your advice. How do you cope when your kids are sick? Let us know in the comments below!
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More Kid Health & Parenting Resources:
- 6 Sick Kid Essentials
- The REAL Parenting Expert
- Kids Medical History Form Printables – for Back to School Prep
- Kids Common Cold Survival Stash