Martha Jefferson HealthWise--August 8th

Doctors are spending the month of August talking about steps to get you and your children ready to go back to school. Family Medicine Doctor Chris Von Elten discusses the importance of getting a physical and why they are a necessity especially if your children are playing sports.

School physicals are important because they give a chance to discuss age related anticipatory guidance/preventive issues to help keep you child healthy. It is a smart choice to have routine health surveillance.

When visiting with a Family Doctor or Pediatrician, the parent of the child should discuss any health concerns to help minimize school performance, particularly children with chronic illness such as Asthma, Allergies, etc. This will help to make sure that your child’s illness is well controlled prior to school so that they can maximize grades and not be hindered by their sickness. Most importantly a routine pre-school physical can help alleviate a child’s pain process through early diagnosis.

For busy parents, schedule your physicals early in the day, bring all the forms and fill out all paperwork before the visit date. This way you can get in and out of the Doctor’s office.

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