Preparing kids for school? Don’t forget health

Preparing kids for school? Don’t forget health

Thursday 30 January 2014


The start of a new school year is the perfect time for children to receive a health check-up, including keeping their immunisation schedule up-to-date, AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said.


“Schools are petri-dishes for disease, particularly flu, and due to children’s immature immune systems, they can become ‘super emitters’ of disease such as influenza,” Dr Choong said.


“The last thing any parent wants is for their child to come home from school sick – particularly with a disease that is preventable in the first place – and especially if they are new to the school experience.


“I urge parents to take advantage of the short time left before the school year starts, or within a few weeks at the most, and ensure that their children are ready for the term ahead.


“A general health check-up is also ideal in ensuring children start school on the right foot. Checking oral health, potential allergies and communicable diseases give parents peace of mind, and makes what is often a stressful period more bearable.


“As the parent of a school-aged child, I can attest to importance of monitoring your child for conditions such keeping their immunisation schedule up to date.


“Furthermore, parents can seek advice on issues such as foot and ankle pain, footwear and orthotic advice before students undergo regular sports activity, or simply to ensure their child is prepared for the extra rigors of school life, for example increased activity and carrying a heavy school bag around after an extended break,” Dr Choong said.


For more information on seeking a back-to-school health check-up, contact your local GP.

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