Preparing Your Child for a Healthy School Year

Preparing Your Child for a Healthy School Year

If you’re behind on your child’s routine healthcare, it’s not too late to catch up! Prioritize your child’s well-child visits, immunizations and sports physicals as part of your back-to-school routine to contribute to your child’s overall well-being and readiness for the school environment. Back-to-school services include well-child checks, routine immunizations and sports physicals.

Most Greater Austin and Houston schools will be back in session from mid-August through early September. While completing back-to-school appointments prior to the start of school is ideal, children can be seen at Lone Star Circle of Care at any point during the year. Lone Star Circle of Care offers appointments at numerous locations across Central Texas and Houston.

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Well-Child Checks

Consistency in well-child visits helps to establish a health baseline for your child and to build a relationship with a healthcare provider. Early detection of possible health or development challenges allows for timely intervention and support. Many schools require a certificate of health for enrollment in an effort to keep the overall community safe. Older children and teens benefit from mental health assessments to address any concerns heading into the school year.

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Update Vaccinations

Routine vaccines such as MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella), DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B), Polio, Hepatitis A & B, PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate), Rotavirus, Chickenpox (Varicella), Flu (Influenza) and COVID-19 play an important role in protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Adaptations to viruses such as COVID-19 and Flu mean Central Texas needs to keep its vaccinations and boosters up-to-date to fight the most current virus strains circulating. Schools often require proof of vaccination for enrollment to ensure the safety of all.

Sports Physicals

Sports physicals evaluate your child’s overall health to ensure they are ready to meet the demands of the physical activities they’re pursuing. Sports physicals also help to identify possible underlying health concerns such as musculoskeletal issues, asthma or allergies that might pose risks during physical activity. Sports physicals are typically required annually for most school sports. Sports camps and other private sports leagues may also require sports physicals. Plan at least 30 days ahead of sports registration to get your sports physical. This gives you ample time to complete your appointment as well as any other possible follow-ups.

Other Services

Eye and Dental Exams

Clear vision and healthy teeth are crucial for academic success. Consider scheduling an eye exam to check your child’s visual acuity and detect any potential vision problems. Additionally, a dental checkup ensures optimal oral health, preventing any uncomfortable dental issues that could disrupt your child’s concentration.

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Mental Health Needs

Are you worried about your child’s mental health as they return to school? We are here to support both you and your child during this transition. Our services are designed to address the challenges children may face in school.

The list above will ensure that your child is physically and emotionally prepared for the upcoming school year. At Lone Star Circe of Care, we are committed to providing exceptional pediatric care, and our team is standing by to support you and your child throughout the back-to-school season.

New patients can reach out at 877-800-5722 to schedule an appointment. Existing patients can schedule through the patient portal.