Children need more than an outfit and school supplies to be prepared for the new school year. Make sure that your child receives each of these checkups to be sure that you’re sending them back to school at their healthiest.
A pediatrician or primary-care physician can perform a head-to-toe physical examination to monitor development and also find any potential issues in its early stages. Along with the monitoring of height and weight changes over the past year, a thorough listen to the heart and lungs, checking the stomach or joints to identify any pertinent issues are all good ideas. Pinpointing any hernias and checking the skin may also be part of the exam. These checkups are also the perfect time for parents to bring up any issues the child has had in the past year
Dental issues are one of the main reasons kids miss school. A checkup every six months is the usual recommendation for dental checkups, but getting one before the school year starts is important. This checkup will provide a fluoride treatment and cleaning, and it will also pinpoint any potential cavities or gum issues. An X-ray may also be taken to monitor teeth development and find any hidden cavities. Children should have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven to examine their bite and to prevent damage to permanent teeth.
Children should have their first eye examination at the age of three, and checkups should continue as the years progress to monitor eyesight and potential issues. Eye exams will test focusing skills, hand/eye coordination, near vision, distance vision, eye movement skills, binocularity skills, and peripheral eyesight. Comprehensive eye exams, like those available at All About Eyes, also include pupil evaluation, and visual acuity testing. Children who wear eyeglasses may need to visit a pediatrician or ophthalmologist more frequently according to doctor recommendation.
While it may be mandatory to provide proof of vaccinations each school year, it is still important to make sure that children are up-to-date with their shots before returning to school. Some vaccinations such as tetanus and diphtheria wear off and require booster shots. Others such as the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, human papillomavirus vaccine, and the flu vaccine can be administered by the child’s primary-care physician or pediatrician.
Make sure that you have a list of issues created over the year related to any medical concerns that your child may be exhibiting when visiting each doctor to ensure that everything is addressed. Scheduling checkups before school begins ensures more regular attendance throughout the year, which equals to greater academic success for your child.