When you were a kid, didn’t you dread that time during the summer when the "Back to School" messages started showing up everywhere? Fast-forward a few years! Now that you’re a parent, don’t you just love when those messages start showing up?
Here’s a friendly little Back-to-School health checklist that Healthline has complied for you.
The waning days of summer is as good a time as any for your child to get their annual check-up.
Hepatitis B, Meningitis, Chickenpox, Measles, etc... Make sure that they are up to date and have a list ready for your child’s school. Many schools will not even admit a child unless her or his vaccine record is up to date.
Does your child have a disability? If so, learn everything that you can about section 504 before the school year starts. According to the U.S. Department of Education, section 504 protects the rights of people with disabilities in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from the federal government. Schools that receive federal funding can lose that funding if they do not comply with section 504.
As you start investigating the specials on Hannah Montana or Jonas Brothers backpacks, keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that children's backpacks weigh no more than 10% to 20% of their body weight. Kindergartners tote about 14% of their body weight on their backs each day—and the backpacks only get heavier as they get older.
Most kids and their parents come to the realization that the child needs glasses when reading the blackboard becomes difficult. Get your child’s vision tested to avoid missing out on the classroom lessons.
Doesn’t hurt to get their hearing tested while you are at it.
If your child has diabetes or asthma and needs to stick to a schedule of taking medications, advise all teachers and school personnel of what those medicines are and when they need to take them. Also, let them know if your child is allergic to any foods, pollens, bee stings, etc. If they are, provide school personnel with anti-allergen paraphernalia.
Make sure it is updated with current names and contact information and be sure everybody gets a copy of one (teacher, administrators, nurses, volunteers, bus driver, etc).
Check Out Foods at Your Child’s School
Get menu information from the school cafeteria and from any and all vending machines. You might be surprised to know that the vending machines at their school are no different than the ones you have at work—in short: they are sugar and salt dispensaries. If the fat, sugar and calorie content of school lunches and snacks are not to your liking, consider preparing bag lunches for them at home.