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Summer is a good time to catch up on kids' routine health check-ups

Jul 19, 2013

HOUSTON, Texas — Youngsters may not be thinking about back-to-school check-ups just yet (or ever!) but their parents might want to. A pediatrician from Baylor College of Medicine suggested midsummer to get routine health checks out of the way before the back-to-school rush.

Dr. Jan Drutz, professor of pediatrics at BCM, said midsummer is a great time to start considering what health checks the child should have and scheduling appointments.

Drutz suggested parents should schedule:

• Routine well child/pre-sports exam, if the child has not had one within the past six months

• Routine dental exam, if not performed within the past six months

• Thorough review of a child's immunization record and appropriate administration of deficient vaccine doses, as needed

• Vision and hearing screenings

Additionally, summer is a good time for parents to review safety tips with their children, especially for those riding their bikes or walking to school, he said.

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