As we enter August, most children are enjoying their last few weeks of summer, but parents are already thinking about back to school. Dr. Lisa Ipp, Pediatrician, suggests these tips for parents as they get ready for the new school year.
1. If your child is entering school for the first time (kindergarten) or changing to a new school (i.e, middle school or high school), a “dry-run” might be helpful to alleviate anxiety
2. Communicate with the school nurse about your child’s medical history and/or medications that need to be taken at school
3. Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date prior to school entry in the fall
4. Begin thinking about healthy lunch and snack options
5. Check all shoes and sneakers for appropriate fit (kids’ feet grow very quickly!) to avoid any foot pain or discomfort
Dr. Lisa Ipp is Chief of Pediatrics and a Pediatrician at Hospital for Special Surgery. She is also affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.