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October 6, 2020
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Back to School - 6 Things You May Have Forgotten

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Getting ready for the new school year involves more than a shopping trip to Target. It's also a good time to check up on your child's emotional and physical well-being. Keep these ideas in mind as you and your child prepare for the upcoming year.

1. Ask you child how they are feeling about the upcoming year. You may be surprised to hear that they have concerns about the required work, the new schedules, perhaps a new building or even a new school altogether. Some of these concerns can be easily put to rest by a visit to the school or a talk with an older sibling or neighbor who has already "been there and done that."

2. Call your child's primary physician and schedule his or her annual annual well-child exam. The exam will determine your child's appropriate weight and height for their age, and will check on vital signs and developmental milestones. Your doctor may even provide some counseling on diet, exercise or child safety if they think it necessary.

3. Check on the need for a sports exam. All schools require a physician-signed sports exam before allowing children to participate in school sports. Call your child's school to ask for the necessary form and take it with you to the exam. You may be able to combine the annual well-child exam with the sports physical. The sports exam is needed only every two years, so if your child had one last year, you can skip it this year.

4. Ask about your child's immunization schedule. If they are under eleven years of age, they are probably up to date. But boosters are required for certain diseases after age 11, and you may want to consider some of the optional immunizations for chicken pox and meningitis. If you have daughters over the age of twelve, you may want to consider the Guardisil immunization against certain types of cervical cancer.

5. Talk with the school nurse. If your child has certain chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes, or takes medication during the school day, a visit with the school nurse may help ward off an emergency phone call once school begins.

6. Make dental appointments before school starts. After Labor Day, it will be tough to get the coveted after-school time slots and starting the school year with a bright shining smile will help your child's confidence.

By taking care of your child's emotional and physical well-being before school starts, you can both approach the new year with excitement and a sense of preparedness. And don't worry, there will still be plenty of time to shop for new jeans and the perfect backpack!

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