Whether you are preparing for your child’s very first day, or you’ve been through it before, the transition from summer vacation back to school can be tough!
To help parents plan, Erum Kazim, MD, a pediatrician with Dignity Health Medical Group — Merced offers tips to consider as part of the back to school preparation process — for a happy and healthy academic year.
Annual Check-up: A yearly physical allows you and your child to discover and discuss current and potential health concerns with your pediatrician. Your child’s wellness exam also includes a cursory vision and hearing screening.
Immunizations: A series of immunizations are required before kindergarten, and several for teenagers and young adults. Please make an appointment with your healthcare provider to ensure your child is up-to-date on all immunizations, including their flu vaccine.
Medications: Children who regularly take medication are required to bring a completed authorization form to school. Often these forms can be signed by their pediatrician during their annual check-up.
Sports Physical: We recommend completing a sports physical six weeks before the season begins to allow for a follow-up if a health issue is identified. This examination includes a heart, lung, muscles, and bones check, which is more comprehensive than an annual check-up.
Find a pediatrician: If you don’t have a pediatrician or family medicine provider, find one near you using our “Find a Doctor” tool.