August 20, 2014

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To help you stay organized during this hectic time, we’re sharing the following must-dos to help ensure a happy and healthy school year for your child.

  • Physical Exam – Take your child for a physical before school starts and ensure his/her immunizations are up-to-date. Most schools require documentation. If your child plays any sports, his/her doctor may need to sign a release form. Keep a copy of the signed form for your records.
  • Hearing and Vision Exams – Take your child to have his/her hearing and vision checked before the new school year to ensure they are ready to learn.
  • Dental Exam – If your child hasn’t been to the dentist in the past 12 months, schedule an appointment for him/her.
  • Special Needs – If your child has special needs, inform your child’s teacher(s) in advance of any allergies, sensitivities or medical restrictions.
  • Prescription Medications – If your child takes prescription medications, contact the school to determine what steps you should take to have your child’s medicine(s) available to him/her at school in case of an emergency.
  • Backpack Safety – Ensure your child is wearing his or her backpack properly and safely with these three steps to backpack safety.

For more back-to-school tips, visit the websites for USA.gov or McLane Children’s Hospital Healthy Children Thrive blog.