Back-to-school time often means a rush for new clothes and school supplies during Tax-Free Holiday (August 7 through August 16). In addition to all the shopping fun, you have to make sure your children have all the required medical paperwork and exams before their first big day. We’re here to help make sure your family’s back-to-school experience is as smooth as possible by providing everything you need to make the first day of school a huge success.
“We want parents to know that we’re committed to help your child have a healthy, successful year,” Dr. Norberto Benitez, MD, said. “If you have any concerns about your children and their health, please feel free to call anytime or make an appointment to visit either of our offices. We want to help all of our patients and their families at this exciting time of growth and new experiences.”
What Physicals and Immunizations are required?
Has your child had a routine physical exam in the last year? Are all immunizations current? If you answer “no” to these questions, be sure to call and make an appointment with us. Both of our offices are fully prepared with all the services and proper school health forms you’ll need on Day 1 of your child’s school year.
When in doubt, ask the Doctor
Is your child anxious to participate in sports or other physical activities? When you visit or call our offices, please don’t hesitate to ask any question you may have, including:
- What sports are right for my child at this age? Options may include soccer, baseball, or swimming, among many others.
- What about protective equipment? Any special advice?
- What minor injuries like twists, sprains, and bruises should trigger a call to the office?
Physical activity is important for your growing child’s health. We’re available to advise you on your child’s sports and activities choices as well as help with any health forms the school or team requires.
Remember, clean hands equal clean health!
A healthy school year – that’s our major goal for your child. The simple act of hand washing is one of the best ways to destroy the germs that cause common ailments like colds, sore throats and stomach upsets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has studied this subject and their conclusion is clear: The best way to get rid of common germs is frequent hand washing with regular soap and water.
Teach your children the steps for thorough hand washing. Remind them to wash before eating, after using the bathroom, after playing outdoors, after sneezing or coughing, or after playing with pets.
If your child tends to “forget” to wash thoroughly, consider including small bottles of hand cleansers among school supplies.
Have a Great School Year
All of us here at Pediatric Care Centers wish you a great start to the school season. We have everything you need to make the first day of school one you’ll remember, get in touch to schedule your appointment.