We know it’s mid-summer and that means you’re likely still knee deep in pool parties, camping trips and easy going weekdays- at least we hope you are!
However, there’s no better time to slip in a quick back-to-school wellness visit than the quiet moments between the nonstop fun. Not quite sure what to see a doctor for each year? No problem! Here are the top 4 reasons you’ll want to start each school year off with a trip to your local family doc!
Basic Wellness Visit
For children that are typically healthy, save for the occasional cold throughout the year, a wellness visit is a simple routine checkup to ensure your daughter or son’s growth is right on track. In addition to height and weight, a physician may check blood pressure, eyesight and hearing as well.
If there’s one thing we know, it’s that as our children mature, so do their emotions and anxieties- and sometimes, unfortunately, parents are the last ones they want to confide in about these issues. Luckily, a visit to the friendly pediatrician or family doctor can help to identify and address any possible concerns such as behavior changes, social anxieties or emotional development issues. For high school-aged kids, physicians can spot the signs of and/ or answer any uncomfortable questions regarding substance abuse, depression and sexual activity.
Keeping Athletes at the Top of Their Game
There’s nothing more exciting than the anticipation of an upcoming sports season and we’re confident that your family doctor wants to help keep your star athlete at the top of their game. With that being said, there’s a fine line between staying in shape and overdoing it to the point of injury- and that’s something to talk about with your child before it’s too late.
Additionally, athletes should visit their physicians each year prior to the athletic seasons to:
- Check up on previous injuries
- Determine proper nutrition
- Discuss healthy and realistic weight/ muscle goals
- Ask any questions regarding training and exercise programs
Building a Medical History
Finally, a yearly visit helps to round out a comprehensive medical history that could become beneficial to your child in the future. By documenting the gradual changes, illnesses- and of course, immunizations- throughout the years and notating any possible issues, your child’s medical history can help fill in the gaps for future questions, doctors and as we all know, the many forms that need to be filled out throughout a child’s educational career.
Don’t wait until the last week before school starts to setup your child’s back-to-school visit with your family doctor. At North Hills Family Medicine we look forward to helping each of our patients get the school year started off on the right foot.
Oh, and don’t forget the school supplies!