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Back-to-School Checkup
08/09/2002

It’s back-to-school time and shopping for new clothes, school supplies and backpacks is probably a top priority on your to-do list, but there’s one task that makes all of these secondary: scheduling a checkup for your child.

Parents are often so busy tying up the loose ends of shopping, they often spend little time focusing on wellness exams for their children.

The growth and development of children should be monitored at least every two years for children between the ages of 6 and 12.

General checkups for children in this age group should include:

  • Immunizations (shots) – Children need immunizations to protect them from dangerous childhood diseases. All states require proof of immunization before they will allow children to attend school. Be sure to discuss the benefits and risks of all immunizations with your child’s pediatrician.
  • Vision and hearing tests – Vision and hearing problems can lead to problems in school, including your child performing below his or her potential, headaches, fatigue and eye strain.
  • Height, weight and blood pressure screening
  • Dental health
  • Diet and physical activity assessment
  • Examination of child’s growth and development.

Prepare your child for a healthy school year and schedule an appointment with his or her pediatrician.

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