It’s not too early to arrange the medical and dental visits your kids will need over the summer break from school.
“Don’t wait too long to make your child’s summertime medical and dental appointments because your doctor may not have openings when you want them,” says Lorna Fitzpatrick, MD, a board-certified pediatrician, and vice president medical affairs and senior medical director at Univera Healthcare.
Children ages two to 21 years old should have an annual physical to make sure immunizations are up to date; growth and development are on track; hearing and vision are optimal for learning; and important topics are addressed such as eating and sleeping habits, social behaviors, and family dynamics.
For children with asthma, an annual physical provides an opportunity to review and update the child’s asthma action plan, and to make sure all adults who care for the child have a copy, including camp counselors, coaches, teachers, caregivers, and even parents of their friends.
Regular dental care is just as important as well-child visits and is recommended every six months.
“Preventive dental care is essential for good oral health, and also for general health,” says Fitzpatrick. “Untreated oral disease has a large impact on quality of life and productivity, including for children.” Each year, U.S. children lose an average of 34 million school hours because of emergency dental care.
School may not let out for the summer for several more weeks, but that doesn’t mean it is too early to start planning the most efficient way to use the break.
Share this information you’re your employees as a reminder for them to make their well-child and pediatric dental appointments now.