Mill Creek pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson regularly appears on KING5's Health Link. This week, she talks about how to transition your kids from a summer to a school sleep schedule and how much sleep children need.
"Start now to set up for success in about 2-3 weeks," says Dr. Swanson, "Children who create a sleep debt have a more difficult time completing school work, and they don’t score as well on tests. They may also have trouble maintaining attention, and they could be at higher risk for having an unhealthy weight."
Watch on KING5 Health Link: How to get your kids back on a school sleep schedule.
Other recent topics include:
- 5 minutes of daily exercise may improve health, prevent heart disease.
- Teen driving risks and safety tips.
- Preventing your kids from drowning.
- Protecting kids from the summer sun
- Health benefits of reading at an early age
- New iodine supplement recommendations for women who breastfeed
- Health impacts of sleep deprivation among children
Everett Clinic pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson’s book Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance is now available from the American Academy of Pediatrics.