Making the Most of Your Child’s Back-to-School Physical
Summertime feels a little bit different this year, and going back to school might feel different, too. While we may not know exactly what’s in store for the next school session, there’s no better time than the present to make sure your kids are ready by having their required physicals.
Get Your Child Ahead of the Class
If your child has missed his or her regular well visit or vaccination during the pandemic, now is the time to make sure they are up-to-date.
Any child who is being enrolled in school for the first time in Florida must have proof that he or she has received a physical exam within the past year.
Prepare Some Questions
Before the visit, think about any questions you have related to your child’s health. Maybe you’re worried about your child’s sleep habits, nutrition, allergies, screen time or fitness level. Or maybe you’re wondering about keeping an extra inhaler in the nurse’s office. If so, be sure to write your questions down.
Bring Your Forms
Many schools ask parents to fill out and return health-related forms before school starts in the fall, most of which require a doctor’s signature. These forms may:
• Allow the staff to give your child medication during the school day
• Clear your child to play sports
• Confirm that your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date
Think About Other Prescriptions
It’s also important to bring along a list of the medications your child takes regularly. Just jot down the drug name, dosage and how often your child takes the medication.
Be sure to let the doctor know if your child received other medical care in the last year. This could include physical therapy, speech therapy or chiropractic care, for example.
Prepare for Immunizations
Immunizations keep kids and communities safe. They protect infants, children and teens from serious diseases. All school systems require certain immunizations in order for children to attend classes. Your child’s back-to-school physical is the ideal time to get up-to-date on those shots. If your child missed any immunizations at a younger age, the doctor may give “catch-up” immunizations.
Request Prescription Refills
If your child needs the school office or school nurse to keep extra medication on hand, let your doctor know. These can include:
• An emergency inhaler for asthma symptoms
• An EpiPen for severe allergic reactions
• Insulin for Type 1 diabetes
• Medication for attention deficit disorder
Nothing Is More Important Than You
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Many medical facilities are continuing to take extra measures to keep you safe, including masks, temperature checks, social distancing reminders, remote check-ins and frequent sanitizing. So, don’t put off making that doctor’s visit when it’s needed.