It’s hard to believe, but the “back to school” season is already arriving on the scene. Not only does this mean that it’s time to look for great deals on school supplies – it’s also a sign that it’s time to go over your child’s school-related health checklist. So as you begin to shop for notebooks, binders and pencils, you’ll also want to do the following:
1) Schedule a checkup. Annual physicals are important for adults and children alike, but are especially important when back to school season arrives; in fact, in many districts proof of these exams are required, particularly if you child is interested in playing a sport. A doctor’s appointment can confirm that your child is healthy and illness-free before they rejoin their classmates for the year. It also gives you an opportunity to chat with your doctor about your child’s wellness in general, such as their diet and exercise goals or what to expect if they’ll be starting puberty soon. Finally, during an appointment your doctor will be able to review your child’s immunizations records and confirm that they are up to date and meet your school’s, and state’s, current requirements.
2) Visit an ophthalmologist. In addition to visiting your primary care doctor, you’ll want to take your child to an eye doctor before the school year starts. Good vision is essential to performing well at school. Unfortunately, one in four school-age children have vision problems, and relying on schools to catch these problems during in-house vision tests often leads to a delayed diagnosis; worse, many young children don’t report vision problems, often out of fear or confusion. Fortunately, a simple vision test will reveal if your child is having any vision issues – and will also ensure that their eyes are healthy overall.Read More