Welp, here we are. After a year and a half of masked in-person school, homeschooling, virtual learning, and a tentative, sort-of socially-distanced summer, kids around the country are heading back to school. We’ll return to something that resembles our old routines, except with masks, extra sanitizing, and a disappointing absence of hugs. Somehow we’ve got to shift our mindset from “Meh, pajamas all day is fine” to “The bus will be here in 90 seconds — and don’t forget your mask!”
If you’re not sure where to start, focus on the basics: everyday habits that will give your kids the comfort of predictability and help them feel their best. By establishing healthy daily routines and adding supplements like Culturelle® Kids Probiotics, you’ll set your kids up for a successful Big Return.
Get Back To Basics
During summer, showering at the pool counts as a “bath,” bedtimes get fudged, and hair goes unbrushed. But once the school year kicks off, we have to shelve the jungle animal routines (at least until next summer). Even the youngest kids can get into a routine of brushing their teeth before bed and in the morning. Make it fun by getting them a fresh new toothbrush! A daily bath or shower keeps kids feeling fresh, and a consistent bedtime helps with daytime alertness. So set aside a few extra minutes each day to help them get back into (or start?) practicing daily self-care.
You’ve probably heard that probiotics are good for tummy troubles. But the best way to head off trouble before it starts? Make probiotics part of their everyday routine. When kids head back to school, they’re suddenly in the mix with tons of new and not always friendly bugs. And when they bring these bugs home, it can disrupt everything from sleep to focus to mood.
Did you know that 70% of the body’s immune system is in the gut? Probiotics support our kids’ natural immune defenses by adding “good bacteria” to their gut microbiome. Adding Culturelle® Kids Probiotic + Veggie Fiber Gummies to your child’s morning routine is a super easy (and tasty) way for kids to get all the benefits of a probiotic. They are formulated with probiotics and prebiotic veggie fiber to offer daily digestive and immune support.*
If your kid is anti-gummy (not everyone loves that texture!) try Culturelle® Kids Purely Probiotics Chewables. They’re made with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG — an ingredient clinically proven to help reduce occasional tummy troubles (like diarrhea and occasional digestive upset) by helping to restore the balance of good and not-so-good bacteria in children’s digestive system.* These chewables are also seriously delicious, so adding them to a morning routine requires no bribing or reminding from Mom.
Looking for another option to support overall health and wellness? Try Culturelle® Kids Probiotic + Multivitamin Chewables. It’s a complete multivitamin plus a probiotic that promotes healthy vision, teeth and gums, bones, and supports their immune system!*
The best part? Parents can feel good about all of these options because Culturelle® is the number one pediatrician-recommended probiotic brand!±
If your family didn’t miss a beat with balanced meals and regular mealtimes over the last chaotic year and a half, congratulations — you are unicorns. But for the rest of us who said yes to popcorn for “dinner” a time or two, now is the time to ease back into healthy mealtime routines.
For school lunches, get with your kids and decide together what kinds of nutritious items you can pack. Whether you go bento box sushi or a good old-fashioned PB&J, their school day meal helps them feel their best throughout long days of learning. For a little extra digestive support, add Culturelle® Kids Probiotic + Fiber regularity packets to their favorite cool foods and liquids. Each packet contains 2.5 billion CFU’s of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, the #1 clinically studied probiotic strain in kids†, and 3.5 grams of naturally sourced dietary fiber.
No matter what this new school year brings, supporting your child’s digestive and immune systems can make everything go more smoothly. And establishing healthy routines — including sleep, hygiene, balanced meals, and probiotics — sets the whole family up for success.
As the #1 pediatrician-recommended probiotic brand±, Culturelle® is the trusted go-to for developing digestive and immune systems.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by The Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
†Based on the number of scientific and clinical studies of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG for a range of benefits as of January 2020.
± Based on a 2020 survey among pediatricians recommending a probiotic brand.