23 Jul How to Help Make This Back-to-School Season A Healthy One
By: Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Although there is still some uncertainty about what exactly the school year will look like this year, schools will still require school forms to be completed. And for children and teens, it’s still a good idea to have a yearly check-up.
At the annual well visit, we assess your child’s growth and development, making sure there are no delays in either. We also check vital signs, such as heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure, which can sometimes be abnormal.
We usually perform some screening assessments, as well, such as vision or hearing, which may not have been done last year ( and may not get done this year) due to the truncated school year. For younger children, we screen for autism and lead poisoning, And we screen older children and teens for depression, anemia (in menstruating girls), anxiety, and other problems.
These visits are also a time when you can ask the doctor or nurse practitioner your questions about routine issues, such as nutrition, sleep, or behavior.
There’s a lot that happens at our well visits. Be sure to schedule a well visit for your child or teen if you haven’t already done so.
Have questions about sending your child back to school? We’re continuing our “Ask the Pediatricians” webinar series with a “Back-to-School” theme, where 3 of our pediatricians will be answering your questions live. This Q&A will take place on Wednesday, August 5th at 6:00 p.m. Register and submit your questions here. You’ll also be able to tune in to our live stream on Facebook.
To help guide your back-to-school preparations for this year, the CDC has provided a detailed checklist for you and your children whether they’ll be attending in-person classes, learning online at home, or in a hybrid setting. You can also find a full list of CDC updates at their website.