Summer Checkups for Healthy Children

During the rat race of the school year, it’s easy to put off those things which don’t demand immediate attention, like preventative healthcare for ourselves or our kids. But as grandma used to say—an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, making sure your kids get regular check-ups with their healthcare providers can catch a multitude of problems early and prevent more complicated and expensive treatment.

Medical Check-ups.

We take our infants and toddlers in for regular check-ups, but somewhere in the busyness of grammar school that seems to taper off. However, there are benefits to taking your well child in for a thorough examination annually. Not only will your pediatrician screen your child for potential health problems, and perform sports physicals, but he or she can offer advice on a wide range of parenting issues from nutrition to behavioral concerns. Additionally, there are vaccinations which are required for public school admission at certain ages, and you’ll be sure to stay current on those if your child sees the doctor regularly.

Dental Check-ups.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have dental check-ups every six months, so try to work one of those in during the summer. Regular check-ups can keep your child accountable and up to speed on the best oral hygiene habits, and catch cavities or other problems before they become too problematic. Also, more pediatric dentists encourage early screening for orthodontic concerns these days. Most experts agree that early correction of some of these problems is less difficult and can significantly lessen treatment time.

Vision Check-ups.

Few things can impact your child’s classroom performance as much as vision. There are countless tales of children who were struggling academically only to get glasses and—voila!—everything became easier. It’s amazing what actually being able to read the board can do for a kid. So take the time this summer to take your kids in for a vision screening, and make sure they can see clearly when they head back to class.