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Monday, Aug 19 2013 10:32 AM

'First Look': Healthy habits for back-to-school time

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    Bakersfield Blaze assistant general manager Philip Guiry talks with nurse practitioner Julie Buechel and Californian Editorial Page Editor Robert Price about back-to-school health on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Imagine starting a new job every year. That's what going back to school feels like for some children, nurse practitioner Julie Buechel of Bustamante Pediatrics said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

"Can you imagine starting a new job every year? A new boss? New co-workers," Buechel said as thousands of students headed back to school.

Children may be nervous as they start a new school or new grade. Having a new teacher is much like having a new boss, Buechel said. And new classmates are much like new co-workers.

The nurse practitioner said she tells her own three children to tell her one good thing and one bad thing about their day, because there will be both. And for every bad thing -- even if there are five -- she wants to hear a good thing.

She urged parents to keep open the lines of communication with their children.

Californian Editorial Page Editor Robert Price asked about the kinds of health issues that come through the pediatrics practice. This time of year it's physicals, both for kindergartners and for high school athletes, Buechel said.

On other topics:

* Lunches. "High-protein foods are going to keep hunger away longer," Buechel said.

She urged people to eat small meals during the day, and suggested low-fat and low-carbohydrate choices. Good snacks include fresh fruit and vegetables, string cheese and yogurt.

* Asthma. Wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath are the main symptoms that often signal a child needs to use his inhaler, Buechel said. Kids have to be in tune with their body and know when they are struggling.

"Asthma is very serious," Buechel said.

* Peanut allergies. Price said the public hears so much about peanut allergies, and he does not remember it being an issue in the past.

"I think it's just being more aware," Buechel said. We now have better education and increased awareness.

* Vaccinations. Buechel reminded parents about their importance.


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