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Give your Kids a Healthy Start for School

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Before your child heads off to school this fall, play it safe by adding one more item to the to-do list: checking up on his or her physical health.

Your healthcare provider and school district will typically make vaccination requirements clear before the bell rings. If not, the Immunization Action Coalition can help you find local information.

Make time for your healthcare provider
After vaccinations, the most important step you can take to keep your kids healthy is to teach them proper hand-washing skills in order to help them fight off the colds and flu that will come their way in the classroom.

Then, an annual back-to-school exam is a great opportunity for your healthcare provider to assess your child’s development and for you to ask any questions.

“Routine check-ups are a great preventative form of medicine,” says Amanda Harding, MD, a pediatrician at Banner Health Clinic specializing in Pediatrics in Greeley.

Dr. Harding recommends asking questions and stopping small problems before they become bigger ones. This will assist in keeping your children healthy. A good pediatrician will find out about a variety of issues, from measuring a child’s weight, height and blood pressure to assessing eating and sleeping habits. Each child’s ease of making friends and dealing with classroom structure is also addressed.

Medication Must Haves
The other before-school challenge, says Dr. Harding, is to prepare children with asthma, allergies or those who need daily medications. It is important to work with teachers, health nurses and school administrators to make sure they get all the necessary items including forms and new prescriptions in the original boxes.

“Our role is to keep the child’s best health interests in mind both at home and at school,” Dr. Harding says.

To make an appointment with Dr. Harding before your child heads back to school, call (970) 350-5828, or find other Banner Health physicians.

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