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Ensure Your Child is Ready for the New School Year With an Annual Physical

Though the coronavirus pandemic has likely stirred up many of your routines, there’s one routine you shouldn’t forget about as the new school year approaches: the school physical.

School physicals help ensure that your child is healthy and up to date on their vaccinations. The pediatricians at Smita Tandon, MD, in Fountain Valley, California, want to make sure your child starts the new school year on the right foot. In this blog, they share what you need to know about school physicals.

The importance of school physicals

School physicals help to protect not only your child’s health, but also the health of everyone in the school. Particularly important is that every child’s immunizations are up to date. The California Department of Public Health maintains an online page of resources with links to specific information you may need to ensure that your child’s protection is on track.

There’s more to a school physical than vaccinations, however. School physicals provide a regular opportunity to evaluate your child’s health, growth, and physical and mental development. When it comes to health, it’s all about spotting little problems before they become big ones, and the pediatricians at Smita Tandon, MD, know what to look for in a child of any age.

Chances are that a school physical will be a simple and short office visit. An uneventful school physical is great news and will mean that your child’s health and development are on track.

Timing your child’s exam

There’s no need to leave the physical to the last minute. Aim for the spring or summer ahead of the next school year, though be alert for changes to school schedules as social distancing standards change. Review the documentation your child’s school requires, including any additional information that might be necessary for participation in sports or other special activities.

Preparing your child

Younger children may feel anxious about a new and unknown experience like a school exam. Chat with them about what to expect, such as eye, ear, nose, and throat exams. Make sure they know that no pain should be involved, and that the exam is more likely to tickle. Answer their questions honestly. You might find that they’re worried about things they won’t experience.

Preparing yourself

As well as preparing your child, your role includes updating your pediatrician with any changes since the last visit, including your child’s health and the medical history of the family. Inform your provider at Smita Tandon, MD, of any other changes that might affect your child’s well-being, such as new hobbies and activities, or life events, such as moving. Furthermore, bring a list of medications your child takes, if any, and know which prescriptions need renewal.

To schedule a school physical for your child, or to learn more about getting one, book an appointment online or over the phone with the practice of Smita Tandon, MD, today.

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