Getting Ready for Back-to-School

Published August 22, 2019


The new school year is fast approaching. And for parents who already know there isn't enough time in the day, it can be an especially hectic time. But don't worry, here at UBMD we're your one source - even for this time of year. Dennis Kuo, MD, MHS has just the tips to start the school year off right.


Start adjusting them now. High schoolers need about 8-10 hours of sleep and elementary students about 10-12 hours. It takes about two weeks to adjust to a new sleep schedule.


Make sure whether it's at home or school that protein is part of the meal.


It's recommended that backpacks weigh no more than 20% of the child's body weight. For example, if a child weighs 40 pounds, the backpack should weigh no more than 8 pounds. 

Watch the video above for more information. 

Dr. Kuo is the Division Chief of General Pediatrics at UBMD Pediatrics and an associate professor at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Kuo sees patients at two Buffalo locations.

Niagara Street Pediatrics
1050 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14213

Towne Gardens Pediatrics
461 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14204