With the start of school approaching it's important to be prepared to reduce stress and make sure your child stays healthy and safe during the school year. Here are some things to check prior to the start of the school year.
1. Health History Records
Have your child's medical history and emergency contact information organized and available for your family and your child's school or day care provider. Have printed instructions for the caretaker to take with them to the emergency department if needed. Communicate with the school nurse about any medical conditions that may require medications or other supervision.
2. Schedule back to school physicals and vaccinationsYour doctor will ensure that your child is up-to-date on all their vaccinations. In addition, flu shots may be available depending on when you schedule your appointment. Be sure to inform your doctor if your child will be playing any sports.
3. Schedule Dental, Vision and Hearing Screenings
Vision and hearing screenings are especially important for kids starting their first year of school.
4. Rehearse the Route to SchoolIf your child will be walking to school take time to show them how to safely cross intersections only at designated crosswalks.
If your child rides the bus, pick a safe pick up/drop off spot that can be clearly seen by other adults and preferably in a group with other children.
If your child will be riding a bike (or skateboard or scooter) make sure they wear a helmet and have appropriate safety gear.
5. Have an Emergency PlanMake sure your child knows who to contact in an emergency. For older children having a phone for emergency use can also be a good idea.