Back-to-School Check-Up: Questions Every Parent Should Ask

Back-to-school season involves more than new clothes and backpacks!  Assess your child’s well-being with an annual check-up.

Many kids only go to the doctor when they get sick, but the end of summer is the perfect opportunity to schedule a check-up. Both pediatricians and parents share the goal of healthy children and families. Use this routine visit to make certain that your child is developing properly and make sure to ask the doctor any questions you may have.

It’s easy to forget things once you are actually sitting in the doctor’s office, so the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you write your questions down before heading to the appointment. Have you noticed any changes in your child? Don't hesitate to ask about them at the appointment. Here are a few general questions that every parent should ask:

  • Are my child’s immunizations up to date? Does my child need to get a flu shot?
  • Is my child at a healthy weight for his height and age?
  • Does my child have any health limitations that would prevent her from playing sports?
  • What do you recommend I tell my child to do if she is being bullied?
  • What can I do to help make sure my child eats a healthy lunch at school?
  • How much sleep should my child be getting each night?

You should also let the doctor know if your child has experienced any recent illnesses or is having any social problems, and you may want to schedule back-to-school dental, hearing and vision checkups, too.

Denton Regional Medical Center hopes that your child’s return to school will be a success. Learn more about us and the services we offer here or contact us for a physician referral at 1-855-477-DRMC.

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