Summer fun is coming to an end. It’s nearly time to put away the swimsuits and dust off the school books, in time for school starting again.
Many parents focus on back-to-school uniforms and books, which is important. But equally important is to schedule routine doctor visits and to make sure your child’s health information is organised for school records. Here are some helpful tips.
Check-ups & immunisations
Schedule medical and dental check-ups before school starts. Children may also need immunisations, in accordance with the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation. Consider vision and hearing tests, since impairment can affect learning and also a sports check-up if your child will be participating in sports.
Organise your child’s medical history records and emergency contact information for your school to keep on file.
Children’s health records
Complete a consent-to-treat form and give copies to the school nurse and any day care providers to keep in your child’s file.
Health action plans
Liaise with the school nurse and your child’s GP/physician to develop action plans for any health issues, such as asthma or food allergies. It’s best to communicate these plans to all appropriate care givers.
Our Oakleigh and Brighton General Practices can assist with your child’s back-to-school health needs. Our GP team can provide the latest immunisations as well as administering free children’s health checks for Medicare card holders.
Source: Emergency Care For You