Summer is coming to an end, which means now is the time to schedule your child’s well-child checkup appointment. With timely and consistent checkups, you are preparing your child for a great school year and an overall good health.
Here are top reasons you should schedule your child’s well-child checkup appointment:
- Catch Problem Early
Regular checkups help prevent illness. Some illnesses are not easy to see. However, if your child does have a sign of illness, your child’s doctor can treat it right in the office, and recommend steps to take at home to prevent it.
- Get Tips on Healthy living
Your child’s doctor will provide health education specific to your child’s age, which includes information about the benefits of healthy lifestyles and practices that promote injury and disease prevention.
- Prevent Absences
Illnesses can cause your child miss school and you miss work for some days. Getting your child in for a checkup before the school year stars can prevent unnecessary absences.
- Get Vaccines and Other Checkup Requirements for School
Regardless of what grade your child is in, there are always some vaccines that your child needs before school starts. During the checkup, your child’s doctor will evaluate and recommend vaccines needed based on your child’s age and school requirements.
If your child is participating in sports or is planning to participate in sports, he/she will need a sports physical exam. Make sure to ask the doctor for one during the well-child checkup.
The chart below lists the 2021 Immunization requirements for the schools in the state of Texas.