It’s hard to believe that back-to-school time is around the corner! Seems like we were just celebrating graduates yesterday. With the back-to-school season comes a time for shopping for new clothes and shoes and school supplies.
Shopping trips and hair appointments are important steps for getting ready for the new year, but there is another important appointment parents should always remember to schedule before the school bell rings again. We’re talking about your children’s annual checkups and physical exams!
Why Summer is the Best Time for Annual Pediatric Checkups and Physical Exams
Summer break is the best time of year to bring your children in for their annual checkups for a few reasons. Students don’t have to miss class for an appointment and student-athletes can get an updated sports physical for the new school year. Your children will also start the school year with newly updated prescription and health information, ensuring continuity of care while your child is in school.
Why Annual Checkups Are Important for Every Child or Teenager
Annual checkups with your child’s medical provider are essential for re-evaluating and updating your child’s medical conditions. It’s also a chance for your child’s provider to refill prescriptions and update their health plan with your child’s school.
Even healthy children with no medical conditions should visit their provider annually to be updated on immunizations, get an updated sports physical, and discuss any concerns or changes your child is experiencing. Annual checkups are a great opportunity for adolescents to discuss hard topics like puberty, relationships, and the effects of drugs and alcohol with their primary care provider. Family medical providers are a great source of information on these hard-to-discuss topics and they offer a safe environment for these conversations.
It’s easy to forget scheduling back-to-school appointments in today’s busy world of summer ball, vacations, and everyday life events like work. EliteCare makes it easy and convenient for parents to bring their children in for annual checkups. We are open seven days a week including Sunday afternoons. Plus, walk-ins are always welcome for both primary care and urgent care needs. Drop by with your children anytime Monday through Friday between 8 am and 6 pm, Saturdays from 8 am to 3 pm, or on Sundays from 1 pm until 5 pm.
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