4 Questions to Ask During Your Child’s Back-to-School Physical

07-01-2017The Well

With the school year approaching, parents are getting ready to take their children for their back-to-school check-ups. These exams are important to not only avoid preventative issues, but also to regulate pre-existing conditions.

There are several key questions that parents should ask when they bring their child to a family physician for their back-to-school physicals.

Your time you spend with your family doctor is very important. The important things to discuss with your family physician are any health issues child is having along with their overall health. Parents should inquire about proper diet. They should also ask their doctor if the child's height and weight are on target and what type of nutritional foods they should be consuming. This is important as poor nutrition can lead to illness down the road.

Here are a sampling of four questions parents should ask:

  • Are there any vaccines my child may need for this visit or in the future?
  • What are the available, recommended immunizations?
  • Are there any physical or emotional signs I should monitor for in my child at his or her age?
  • Is my child's BMI and weight appropriate for their age?

Both parents and family physicians should work together as a team to encourage children to lead a healthy, active life.

If you have any questions or concerns about your family's health or any topic, feel free to contact Kathy Ford RN/Parish Nurse and Coordinator of Pastoral Care at 630-922-0081 ex.28 or pastoralcare@hscc.us.