Going back to school, or starting school for the first time, can be overwhelming for both kids and parents. There are so many things to think about. Public or private school? Do they need a specific kind of pen? What should they eat? It's a lot to handle, but don't worry, at Meritus Health, we've got your back with a helpful back-to-school checklist!
One of the essential things to do is to schedule a yearly physical for your child. It's an important check-in point to screen for any health issues, monitor their growth and development and address any concerns. Back-to-school is a perfect time to connect with your child's pediatrician or family doctor, said Dr. Anand Budi, Meritus Health Chief Medical Officer.
Remember, routine checkups for eye and hearing exams are crucial. Seeing and hearing well are vital for your child's success in school. Vision and hearing problems can limit their ability to do their best. Even if you're unsure of any existing issues, it's essential to have their vision checked early.
When packing your child's lunch, consider starting healthy habits from a young age. This will set them up for a lifetime of taking care of their health. And hey, it never hurts to skip a few sugary drinks from that back-to-school lunchbox shopping list.
Now, let's talk about vaccinations – we know it's not the most exciting part of a doctor's visit. However, staying up-to-date on childhood vaccinations is crucial for protecting your child from vaccine-preventable diseases.
“Vaccines not only safeguard your child but also their classmates, friends, family, and the community. They are safe, effective and essential for healthy growth and development,” Dr. Budi said.
We understand that children might feel nervous about getting vaccines. As parents, it's crucial to be knowledgeable and take the time to explain the importance of vaccinations to them. It might sting for a moment, but it provides long-term protection from getting sick. And a little treat or reward afterward never hurts!
As the school year starts, encourage your child to take breaks and have some downtime too. The new routines can be hectic, so it's essential to slow down and relax.
And here's the best part – if you need care, for your child or the entire family, Meritus Family Medicine locations are the perfect choice. Visit MeritusHealth.com to view our locations and services.
Another convenient option for parents is MeritusNow -- Virtual care for sick children (or adults), when your stuck at home and want the ease of not having to leave the couch. Details and appointments can be found at MeritusHealth.com/Now.
As parents, we know how challenging back-to-school time can be, but with our support and options for care, we'll help you navigate through it smoothly. You've got this, and we've got you!