Although summer is just getting underway, it’s not too early to schedule a back-to-school check-up for your children. Summer appointment slots are filling up fast, so call the Pediatric Center of Round Rock today at (512) 733-5437.

A well-child checkup is an important part of making sure your child is healthy and up-to-date on all their vaccinations. Additionally, there are two other common reasons your child needs a back-to-school checkup:

School Registration: Your child’s school may require proof that all vaccinations are up to date. Often vaccination recommendations change and your child may need a booster shot or new vaccination. Don’t get caught without a current shot record when you register your child for school this Fall.

Sports Physicals: If your child plans on playing sports this Summer or Fall, they may be required to have a sports physical. Schools will provide UIL forms, and you must bring the forms to the appointment with the parent portion already filled out. Our physicians will perform the appropriate exams and complete the paper work.

Why Should You Schedule a Well-Child Checkup?

In addition to required back-to-school checkups, well-child checkups are an important part of managing your child’s health.

A Well-Child Check-Up Allows the Doctor to Focus More Broadly

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), annual well child check-ups are just as important as bringing your child to the pediatrician when he or she feels sick. When a sick child comes to the doctor, the doctor’s focus is rightfully on the symptoms of that illness. The priority is to make the child feel better.

On the other hand, when a healthy child visits the pediatrician, the doctor is free to take a broader look at the child’s overall health and wellbeing. The doctor has time to ask more questions. Not to mention, the symptoms of a temporary illness can often mask trouble spots that would put a doctor on alert during a well-child check-up.

Continuity of Care Establishing a Medical History

One of the most important reasons for a regular annual check-up is continuity of care. Not every health-related issue has symptoms that are easy to spot. Some present themselves subtly, so subtly that parents might not even notice.

When you bring your child to the pediatrician annually for a well-child check-up, the pediatrician will compare the results of this year to those of the previous year, and will be able to spot any troubling trends. Early intervention can get health issues under control before they become disruptive. In some cases, early intervention can mean the difference between life and death.

By bringing your child to the doctor every year even when he or she is healthy, you’re establishing a medical history for your child. If you move to another state, you can transfer these medical records; giving the new doctor the necessary information to provided the best possible healthcare for your family.

Teaching Your Child To Take Responsibility For Their Health

Well-child check-ups give pediatricians the luxury of time, which empowers us to educate children about important health issues. If your child is overweight or obese, we can counsel them on healthy eating and exercise. If your teenager shows signs of smoking, we can show them some of the very real consequences that smokers face. Sometimes a doctor can get through when a parent can’t.

This luxury of time means your child can ask questions, too. Your job as a parent is to prepare your child to be able to take care of themself as adults; understanding their body is a big part of that. The human body can be very mysterious, particularly during puberty. Some children feel more comfortable asking questions to a doctor, rather than their parents. Give your child every opportunity to get the information they need to stay safe and healthy.

Schedule Your Back-to-School Check-Up Now!

Don’t wait or you might forget. Call us today  at Pediatric Center of Round Rock to schedule a back-to-school check-up for your children. You can reach us at (512) 733-5437.

About the Author

Dr. Katalenas

Dr. Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock and the author of the book "The Step Up Diet: From Scratch… The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity", a guide to healthy cooking and eating for busy families.