Back-to-School: How to keep children’s health in check

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A doctor is offering trips to stay healthy ahead of the first day of school.

Dr. Rebekka Levis, of Boston Children’s Health Physicians, says it’s important to schedule a physical before school.

Levis says scheduling a complete physical every year is a great way to identify any health issues that can begin in childhood.

She says school is a breeding ground for illness and that kids can get sick very easily at school, so one of the best ways to help keep them healthy is to help prevent disease by giving them their immunizations.

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“We make sure there are no physical problems, make sure they can participate in sports fully and make sure their immunizations are up to date,” she says.

Dr. Levis says younger children are required to have a certain set of vaccines before entering kindergarten. There's also a different set of shots for children entering middle school and high school.
Young adults entering college may need booster vaccines as well.

Levis also advises parents choose a proper backpack for their children.

“Backpacks are a huge issue, they are always very, very heavy or can cause back problems. Typically, what I tell parents is to get is a backpack with wide-padded straps and a padded back. It’s really great if they can get one with a waist strap also,” she says.

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