MONDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Along with buying new
clothes and classroom supplies, parents need to think about health
and safety as they prepare their children to return to school.
"Please take the initiative now and protect the health of your kids this school year," Dr. Sandra Schneider, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in a news release.
"Their time should be spent on learning, spending time with friends and extracurricular activities, not on trips to the emergency department because of something that could have been avoided," she added.
The ACEP suggests this safety checklist:
- Organize your child's medical history records and emergency
medical contact information and provide a copy of these details to
school officials and daycare providers. Tell them to take this
information to the emergency department if your child is sick or
- Work with your child's doctor or the school nurse to create
action plans for any health issues your child has, such as asthma
or food allergies. Discuss these plans with all appropriate
- Take your child for medical and dental check-ups before school
starts, as well as necessary immunizations. Consider vision and
hearing tests and a sports check-up if your child will be playing
- Review and accompany your child on a practice run of the route
to school. Explain potential hazards, including traffic
- If your child takes the bus, designate a safe, visible pick
up/drop off location that's used by other children and can be
clearly seen by adults.
- Make sure your child knows how to telephone for help. Post
emergency contact numbers by every telephone in the home and have
your child practice how to call 911 or the local emergency
- Create a family emergency plan in case something happens on the
way to or at school. Parents should be aware of school emergency
and evacuation plans.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about
health problems at school.