Take this opportunity to review your child’s medical records and check if their vaccinations are up-to-date, especially from common infectious diseases such as influenza, measles and chicken pox. You can find vaccine recommendations for different ages from websites such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). If you are unsure or need more information, discuss it with your doctor.
Vision And Hearing Screenings
The ability to see and hear properly helps children to learn more and perform better in school. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening yearly for children aged three to six years old, every two years during middle childhood (ages seven to 10), then once each during early (11 to 14), middle (15 to 17) and late (18 to 21) adolescence.
Let School Know if...
Inform the school if your child has an existing medical condition like asthma, allergies, diabetes or seizures. Make sure that the school staff knows the symptoms to watch out for and understand your child’s medications and treatment plan. Check that they have your correct contact details in case of emergency.
Letting the school know of any food allergies or physical restrictions will ensure safe and appropriate meals and activities for your child.
Reminders for your child:
— Pack your child’s own water bottle, to encourage that they keep themselves well hydrated in school.
— Remind them to practise good hand hygiene, especially before meals, to prevent illnesses like colds and diarrhea.
— To prevent neck and back pains, make sure backpacks have wide, well-padded straps and padded backs. They should not weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight, and should always be carried using both straps.
Dr. I-an Santos is a paediatrician working for Family Medical Practice in Hanoi. For more advice on any medical topics, visit Family Medical Practice at 298I Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, call (04) 3843 0748 or click on vietnammedicalpractice.com. FMP’s