Get back-to-school healthy

Back-to-school season is here! With it comes a list of things for parents and kids to do before the first day of class. While buying school supplies and meeting teachers are important, there’s one item that should not be over looked—making sure your kids get a healthy start to the new school year with an annual physical.

 

It’s good to be proactive about your child’s health and back to school is a great time to schedule a well-child check-up as a preventive step. This will help track your child’s development and growth, while providing wellness advice for a healthier school year.

Scheduling preventive visits also gets kids familiar with their pediatrician, while teaching them the importance of focusing on good health habits. Encourage your child to write down their height and weight during the visit so you can track their growth throughout the school year. Health care prevention steps, like a doctor’s visit, is an important interaction between parent, child and doctor.

 

Plus, with the school year right around the corner, it’s time to make sure your child is up to date on their immunizations. Diseases like measles and whooping cough continue to be a very real health threat to children that can be prevented through vaccines. If you have concerns about having your child vaccinated, talk to your child’s doctor or one of our pediatricians at Centennial Pediatrics. Learning more about the benefits and risks of vaccines directly from a health professional can help you make an informed decision for your child.

 

Just like it’s never too early to teach kids healthy eating, sleeping and exercise habits, it’s never too early to make a yearly physical a habit. By including a well-child visit each year you are laying a foundation of how health checks can help build a healthy future for your child.

 

As the leisurely days of summer come to an end it's time to re-establish healthy habits and back-to-school routines. Ease kids back into school mode by re-establishing a schedule for bedtime, waking up and even doing homework. Start a school-friendly bedtime routine one to two weeks before school starts to help ensure your child will be well-rested for the classroom and ease first-day jitters.

 

Routines can also help parents stay organized and save time, especially when it comes to planning and preparing school lunches for the week. Resources like foodhero.org offer kid-approved recipes that make meal planning fun and healthy. Visit these websites with your kids and have them pick out snack and lunch recipes like fruit pizza and sunshine roll-ups and include them in the shopping for the ingredients and preparation too! School clothes shopping and picking out supplies are part of the back to school fun, and we encourage adding a child-well visit to your back-school list to help make this school year the best yet.

 

Centennial Pediatrics is a local full-service pediatrics practice in Roseburg offering comprehensive care for infants, children and young adults. Visit CMG Centennial Pediatrics online or call 541.464.4990  to connect with local, quality care you can trust and children can grow with. Centennial Pediatrics pediatricians are accepting new patients and are networked with most health plans. Their primary goal is to care for your infants, children and adolescents with the best quality care.

 

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