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Focus on Keeping Kids Healthy & In School 
September 2022 | Issue 225
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Kids are more likely to learn, thrive and develop as they should when they attend school in-person, alongside their peers.  With schools back in session, pediatrician Sonja O'Leary, MD, FAAP suggests ways you can help your kids stay healthy and minimize absences. Read more here.


Many people don't realize how serious influenza (flu) illness can be, even for healthy kids. In this Parent-to-Parent article, Jennifer Pool Miller says her daughter, Caroline, had been vaccinated against the flu every year, except one. That was the year influenza nearly stole Caroline's life. Go to article.

The AAP recommends children (6 months and older) and teens get the flu vaccine when it becomes available every fall, ideally before Halloween. (Think "flu before boo!"). 


Being loaded down with textbooks, gym equipment and school supplies can make backpacks heavy and hard to wear. If they're not worn properly, backpacks can cause back, neck and shoulder pain in children and teens. Pediatric orthopedist Saji Azerf, MD, FAAP offers advice on how to prevent backpack-related aches and injuries. Find tips here.

Also on
 Play as a Mood Booster 

Everyone feels stressed or down sometimes, including kids. Play provides a fun distraction that can help cheer them up, children get in touch with their feelings and gain a sense of control and mastery over life.

Read more in this month's Power of Play article, 4 Ways Play Can Help Boost Your Child's MoodFind printable play sheets here.
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