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The first day of school in Houston public schools is Tuesday, August 28th. No matter what grade your child is about to enter, there’s a lot on the back-to-school checklist and it’s not to early to get started, especially with an annual medical check-up!
Free backpacks with school supplies with every well-child exam through August 17 – schedule today!
Vecino wants to help you to save money and reduce the stress that comes with back-to-school preparations! That’s why free backpacks filled school supplies will be provided to children ages 3 to 13 with every well-child exam at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic through August 17.
Back to the doctor before back-to-school!
This is a great time to schedule well-child exam, which is an important part of your child’s health care. Back-to-school check-ups, as they are commonly called, are often the only visit most kids and teenagers have with their doctor every year. The annual physical gives the doctor a chance to give the child a thorough physical exam and address any emotional, developmental, or social concerns. It typically includes a physical and immunization review, which are important not only in ensuring your child’s good health today, but establishing a positive relationship with the doctor before your child is sick or injured.
Four benefits of well-child exams
As a parent, you know to take your children to the doctor when they are sick. But doctor visits are just as important for healthy children and they are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicaid. There are four major benefits of well-child visits, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Prevention. Your child gets scheduled immunizations to prevent illness. You also can ask your pediatrician about nutrition and safety in the home and at school.
- Tracking growth and development. See how much your child has grown in the time since your last visit, and talk with your doctor about your child’s development. You can discuss your child’s milestones, social behaviors and learning.
- Raising concerns. Make a list of topics you want to talk about with your child’s pediatrician such as development, behavior, sleep, eating or getting along with other family members. Bring your top three to five questions or concerns with you to talk with your pediatrician at the start of the visit.
- Team approach. Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatrician, parent and child. The AAP recommends well-child visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental and social health of a child.