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What does a parent do when their child refuses breakfast?

Skipping breakfast promotes poorer performance in school and increases the risk of obesity.  More and more students report leaving the house in the morning without eating.  Please read below for some tips on helping reluctant breakfast eaters.

Should I insist that my child eat breakfast?

It's never a good idea to force a child to eat a meal. It's your job to provide healthy food choices and your child's job to decide how much food he wants to eat, and it's important to respect those boundaries.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, though. So it's a good idea to do what you can to encourage your child to eat something in the morning, even if it's only a piece of fruit. Studies at Harvard and Tufts universities have shown that kids who eat breakfast behave better than kids who don't.

If your child isn't used to eating breakfast, it may take some time to get him into the routine of eating it. He may complain at first that he's not hungry and doesn't want to eat, but once he gets used to eating at this time of day, he won't want to skip it anymore. Here are some suggestions for getting your child started:

  • Start small. A piece of fruit, some cheese cubes, or a cup of low-fat yogurt are all good, nutrient-rich choices.
  • Find a cold cereal that that he likes. Even most sugar cereals are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, so let your child pick out one or two that he thinks he might eat. Cereals, such as O-shaped oat cereal, that contain some fiber and less sugar are an even better choice. Hot cereal is another good option. Oatmeal is a great choice but there are many others that are fast and easy to make.
  • Let him drink his breakfast. A smoothie made from milk, fruit, and yogurt offers plenty of calories and nutrients to start the day.
  • Have your child lend a hand. Let your child stir his own oatmeal or choose a piece of fruit to eat at breakfast. If he's in on the decision about what to eat and the preparation of his own meal, he's more likely to eat it.
  • Choose healthy foods. Highly processed convenience foods (such as toaster pastries or breakfast bars) tend to be high in fat and low in fiber and other nutrients. Stick with whole grains, dairy products, and fruit.
  • Be a good role model. Pull up a chair and eat breakfast with your child. Adults are busy in the morning and may sacrifice their own breakfast needs. When you join your child for a meal, you set a good example by showing that you value eating breakfast, too.

Head Lice:

Useful websites - 
The products found at are highly recommended by one of our parents as a preventative treatment!

This is an actual photo of a louse hatching from it's egg, taken from one of our student's hair strands    Please, Please be wary of the possibility  that your child may be affected! 

If your child has head lice, he/she is not considered cleared until 30 days have passed with no new appearance of nits.  Students are checked at school by the Health Office staff at 7,10,14,21 and 30 day intervals.  Students must be checked at home and have all nits removed twice daily.  Webster Central School District maintains a "No Nit Policy".  A student can be cleared to return to class if no nits are found upon arrival to school on the weekly check in days.
Use this link to find more information on WCSD Health Office web page:
Parents of children with asthma:  Do you ever wonder how to assess asthma control in your child?  Clinical guidelines recommend using the Asthma Control Test.  It is a validated tool that can be completed by parents or by the school nurse.  If a score is 19 or less, it may mean that a child's asthma is not well controlled.  The results are also a great awareness and communication tool for families and health care providers.  These can be found on the RCAN website homepage (link below) and at

If your child has Asthma, these videos explain symptoms, treatments, emergencies and triggers to kids.

A visit to the physician to rule out a serious condition is always advised with any unexplained symptoms of illness! 

Prevention starts at HOME!  Good, frequent hand washing, not touching the "T Zone" (eyes, nose, mouth), avoid touching or sharing things with others who are ill,  disinfection of frequently touched surfaces like toys, doorknobs and light switches, keeping children who are sick at home, healthy diet, plenty of rest and fluids.

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