Updated: 07/22/2016 3:59 PM | Print Story |  Email

Back to School Checkup Check-List

In just a few short weeks, the kids will be heading back into the classroom. But before the bell rings, they need to head into the doctor for their back to school check-up. It could be to update immunizations or just to get their vision checked and most schools require it. Dr. Terri Wollan from Entira Family Clinics stopped by with her back-to-school checkup check-list.

Discuss with your provider at the appointment

  1. Check that your child’s immunizations are up-to-date (Go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html for current guidelines)
  2. Know your family health history as well as your child’s health history
  3. Bring up any health concerns you may have
  4. Review current health issues and action plan- i.e. diabetes, asthma, allergies
  5. Check vision and hearing
  6. Discuss healthy lifestyle choices: nutrition, exercise, and sleep

Back to School

  1. Fill out all of the health forms for school and list medications
  2. Remind your children: Always practice good hand hygiene…
  3. Backpack safety: limit weight in the backpack…
  4. Be aware of warning signs and effects of bullying and other youth violence
  5. College age kids:
    1. Make sure your college-age child has all his/her health information and immunizations up-to-date. 
    2. Discuss where s/he will go if they need a doctor while at school…at the college?  Come home?

Sports

  1. Fill out sports participation forms found on the Entira website or here (http://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/publications/code/forms/sportshealthquestionaire.pdf )
  2. Prevent dehydration in fall and spring sports by having young athletes to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after practice and games. This is important especially during the heat wave we’re having. Information from the Minnesota HS League (http://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/index.asp )
  3. Know the Signs & Symptoms  of concussions  ( found at http://www.cdc.gov/HeadsUp/index.html )
    1.  SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETE:

•Headache or “pressure” in head

•Nausea or vomiting

•Balance problems or dizziness

•Double or blurry vision

•Sensitivity to light

•Sensitivity to noise

•Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy

•Concentration or memory problems

•Confusion

•Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”

  1. SIGNS OBSERVED BY PARENTS/ GUARDIANS:

•Appears dazed or stunned

•Is confused about assignment or position

•Forgets an instruction

•Is unsure of game, score, or opponent

•Moves clumsily

•Answers questions slowly

•Loses consciousness (even briefly)

•Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes

Health problems to look for during the school year: Know your school’s policy for keeping your child home

  1. Lice, Food allergies, Pink eye, Hand, foot and mouth disease, Impetigo, Strep throat, Scabies…all of these are easily spread.