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Back-to-School Health Checklist

Back-to-School Health Checklist

Prepping for a Healthy School Year

checklist for parents to use for back to school season healthy tips

As parents, we want what's best for our children. We work hard to provide them with a solid foundation at home and set them up for success in their schooling. Preparing them for the school includes ensuring they are healthy and have all the necessary vaccinations.

To help you get started, here are a few pediatric health items to check off your list before the school year begins:

Annual Physical Exam

Ensure your child is up-to-date on their annual physical exam and that all current shots and vaccinations are recent. This is also an excellent time to discuss any new or ongoing health concerns with your child's doctor.

Update Emergency Contacts & Medical History

Even if you believe nothing has changed — it's good to update your child's emergency contact information at school and with their pediatrician in the event of an emergency. Make sure you include a few different local contacts in case you are out of town or unavailable.

Additionally, if your child has been recently diagnosed with a medical condition, ensure the school nurse is aware.

Pack Medications

If your child takes any medication regularly, make sure you have an up-to-date supply and that the school has all the necessary paperwork on file. If it's a medication your child should keep in the classroom, show them how to take their medication, and alert their teacher.

Asthma & Allergy Action Plans

If your child has asthma, work with their doctor to develop an asthma action plan. This plan should be shared with the school so they know what to do in an emergency.

Similarly, it's essential to plan for allergies as well. If your child has food allergies, send safe snacks and drinks and let the school know about potential triggers. It's also a good idea to have an EpiPen in case of anaphylaxis.

Healthy Snacks & Lunches

What you pack for your child's school snack and lunch can greatly impact their health. Prepare your shopping list to include these items:

  • Include a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Choose whole-grain options whenever possible.
  • Go for lean protein sources like grilled chicken or fish, tofu, legumes, and eggs.
  • Avoid processed foods and sugary drinks.
  • Pack enough food to keep your child full until their next meal.

Back-to-School Pediatric Physicals in Jackson Hole

Following this simple checklist can help ensure your child has a healthy and successful school year!

Local pediatricians are here to support your child's health all year round. If you need a back-to-school appointment, contact your provider today!