Summer is a great time for kids to explore the outdoors, learn new skills, make new friends and grow! Whatever summer has in store for your child, now’s the time to lay the groundwork for a safe and healthy summer and smooth sailing into next school year.
The health professionals at Lexington Clinic, who have been helping parents and children take on the challenges of summer activities for decades, offer these “Things to Think About” to make this the healthiest summer ever:
If your child will be attending summer camp – either day or sleepover – they’ll need a physical. Most camps require it, and it’s just a good idea! The camp physical helps to ensure that every child is healthy enough to attend camp safely and to get the most out of all of the activities like hiking, swimming, summer sports and so on.
If your child is on medication or has allergies, it’s a good time to make sure those issues are being effectively handled. Some camps require a doctor’s statement in order for camp personnel to administer any kind of medication. If that’s the case for your child, the paperwork can be taken care of during the same visit as the camp physical.
If you have an athlete in your family, you undoubtedly know he or she will need a school sports physical before stepping on the field or court for practice this summer. For many athletes and cheerleaders, this means those physicals have to be completed by the end of May. Physicals are only good for a 12 month period so last year’s paperwork will not be enough to allow your child to participate.
It might be tempting to take advantage of some of the free sports physicals that are sometimes offered, or to take your child to the local minute clinic just to get the paperwork done, but when you consider how fast kids grow, and how rough and tumble sports can be, this really isn’t the place to take shortcuts!