Muna Al-Fuzai

The back-to-school routine is not easy, because during the summer holidays there is laxity in the hours of eating and sleeping for kids. But with the return of students to schools, things don’t go back as they were right away. For many families, the back-to-school period is approaching, and it is a good thing that children will be back to a routine, having an early dinner and going to bed at a reasonable time. For moms especially, back to school is stressful for a variety of reasons. School fees in Kuwait’s private schools are sky high and continue to soar. Supplies and uniforms are also expensive and require repeated trips to market and special budgeting. 

Preparing for school, whether by returning from travels or buying school supplies like uniforms, bags, notebooks and other important needs are not the only concerns for families, but how ready are the schools to receive students and the readiness of classes too, especially with regards to air conditioning and water coolers, as well as the necessary medical supervision to ensure the safety of students from any diseases or infection. I think the back-to-school season has become a burden, especially if the family has to pay for additional lessons after school for the children to help them in their studies.

The back-to-school season will begin in Kuwait and the rest of the Gulf very shortly, so it is important to raise awareness of the health risks that can be transmitted among students, especially in the kindergarten and primary levels. School health specialists agree that the school is an environment that provides an incubator for infectious diseases, and that illnesses can be easily transmitted through the integration and accumulation of pupils in classrooms. This is a natural result because of the presence of children in large groups, who are exposed to pathogens including germs and other vectors of infection. School infections, skin diseases and eye infections are transmitted by viral, fungal and bacterial means.

In any case, early diagnosis and continuous follow-up of the situation of the child, whether by parents or school administrations, is required to avoid problems. I think giving attention to the periodic examination of the skin of schoolchildren and not allowing them to keep their hair and nails too long are effective and vital.

For the prevention of these diseases, several tips are provided by specialized doctors, especially proper nutrition, as it stimulates the immune system and improves the body’s ability to fight diseases, including making sure there is no lack of vitamins in the child’s daily diet to ensure that the child gets enough of the right foods and enough sleep at night.

I remember when I was young, our parents were keen to make us to go to sleep early. We did not have mobiles that we took to our beds that kept us awake for a long time. Delay in sleeping at night leads to stress issues in the morning, which is a big problem for families today.

Social media occupies a lot of time in the lives of people, whether school kids or others, so it is important for parents to set certain hours during the day to let children use their mobile devices, and not allow these devices to go to bed with them. I hope this year we will not witness any cases of disruption of air conditioning in the light of the very hot weather. We need a good start. Welcome back everyone, and wishing you all a great school year!

By Muna Al-Fuzai

muna@kuwaittimes.net