Josh Evans MD provides 5 best health tips for back to school success.
Uniform shopping — check! Paper and supplies — check. But is your child ready? To best ensure your child is prepared for school this year, the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan has prepared its list of the top five things parents can do to ensure their child is health-ready for a successful school year!
Vaccine preventable diseases are more serious for the very young and the very old. Getting vaccinated protects children and their family and friends. The schedule can vary depending upon your child’s health, the type of vaccine, and the vaccines available. Ask your doctor which vaccines your child should receive prior to the first day of school.
2. Eye Exam
Five to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of child’s development. Their eyes should be examined regularly, as many vision problems and eye diseases can be detected and treated early.
3. Dental Exam
According to a report by the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, oral-health related problems cause the loss of 51 million school hours per year. Combat tooth decay by making appointments with the dentist to ward off dental problems, and encourage children to brush for the recommended two minutes twice a day and use proper brushing and flossing techniques.
4. Hearing Exam
According to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, hearing loss among U.S. adolescents has surged, probably because of the use of devices such as ear buds for listening to music, doctors say. One important aspect to learning, the ability to hear, is an often overlooked necessity. Talk to your pediatrician or contact your school district and ask to have your child’s hearing screened.
5. Backpack Safety
Although many factors can lead to back pain — increased participation in sports or exercise, poor posture while sitting, and long periods of inactivity — some kids have backaches because they’re lugging around their entire locker’s worth of books, school supplies, and assorted personal items all day long.
Pick a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps. A child’s back pack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of his or her body weight.
Joshua Evans MD isa pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
We thank him for providing the 5 best health tips for back to school success.