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August 15, 2019

Back-to-School Health Checklist: Five Things You Can Do To Start the Year Off Right

Sophia L. Thomas DNP, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

Snapping back into the school routine can be tough. From new clothes and supplies to summer assignments and forms, there’s a lot to keep track of this time of year, and your summer vibe may not jibe with your mounting to-do list. Here’s a health cheat sheet to make this transition your best yet.

  1. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date. Most schools require vaccinations to attend, unless you qualify for an exemption.
  2. Start a file for current health history forms. Some school nurses and camps require a copy, so have one on hand to distribute as needed.
  3. Get a sports physical. Kids only need one a year to play, so cross it off the list early and file the paperwork with the school to avoid a last-minute scramble.
  4. Get eyes checked. Prescriptions change as kids grow, so get your kids checked to make sure they can still see the board and aren’t straining to read.
  5. Keep tabs on their teeth. In addition to bi-yearly cleaning, it may be time for your child to see an orthodontist, so make an appointment for a consultation.     

Start the school year off right by doing some health housekeeping. These five things can make your family healthier – and your life a lot easier!