Back-to-School health basics

Put well-child check up on your to-do-list.  Summer is almost over and kids will soon fill the classroom once again. From shopping for new shoes and school supplies to end of summer vacations, parents have a list a mile long of things to do before the school year begins.

Is a well-child doctor’s checkup on your to-do-list for back to school preparation? It should be. Believe it or not, even kids who are not sick need to go to the doctor periodically to make sure they are up-to-date with their child vaccinations and other important screenings. Well-child checkups also are a great time for parents to ask the doctor questions about their child’s growth, development and other concerns such as seasonal allergies.

Parents should keep in mind that the healthier children are, the better they will do at school.

Are eye glasses on your back-to-school supply list?

Good vision is essential for learning. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children have their eyes checked by a doctor at the following ages:

* Newborn: All infants before discharge from the hospital should have their eyes checked in the newborn nursery for infections, defects, cataracts, or glaucoma. This is especially true for premature infants, infants who were given oxygen, and infants with multiple medical problems.

* By 6 months of age: Doctors should screen infants at their well-baby visits to check for proper eye health, vision development, and alignment of the eyes.

* At 3 to 4 years of age: All children should have their eyes and vision checked for any abnormalities that may cause problems with later development.

* At 5 years of age and older: Your doctor should check your child's vision in each eye separately every year. If a problem is found during routine eye exams, your doctor may have your child see a pediatric ophthalmologist, an eye doctor trained and experienced in the care of children's eye problems. Your doctor can advise you on eye doctors in your area.

Don’t have a doctor for your child?

Many health plans, including ARKids First and Medicaid, require that you select a doctor as your PCP to help you manage your care. If your child is enrolled in ARKids First and does not have a primary care physician, ConnectCare can help you find one in your area. ConnectCare can even help you find an eye doctor.

Contact ConnectCare toll-free at 1-800-275-1131 or www.SeeYourDoc.org.   Call anytime between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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