The summer is a good time for your pediatrician to evaluate your child's overall health, to make sure that their development and immunizations are up to date.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that vaccinating your child against vaccine preventable illnesses is one of the most important ways you can keep your child healthy.
If you have a teen (male or female) in the family, ask their pediatrician about the HPV vaccine, and also the free Screen Mental Health Check -Up. Screening for mental health does not mean that your child has mental problems, but should be taken as a preventative measure, just like routine check-ups to make sure your child is adapting to all the changes in their lives. I'm sure most of us can still remember when we were high school. Some of us had great memories, while others did not. It's a time when teens are in the limbo stage of not being a child anymore, but not yet an adult.
Academic and social pressures are nothing like when the two mujeres went to high school, and I'm sure for most of you reading this. If you have spoken even briefly to a younger niece, nephew, neighbor etc.,you were probably like us, amazed at how "advanced" or how much they are subjected to at such an early age. Add to that a new academic environment and social pressure; all of which can all make teenagers feel very stressed out! Introducing the importance of mental health checkups takes away from any stigmas and also gives them a safe space to voice their feelings.
Also don't forget to visit the dentist! Regular dental checkups can help prevent tooth decay and identify problems that are easier to treat if they are found early.
Have a Great School Year!!!
For more information visit: American Academy of Pediatrics