Community Medical Center Offers Back-to-School Health Checklist
Community Medical Center suggests adding an annual checkup and health screenings
to your to-do checklist to prepare for the school year.
TOMS RIVER, NJ – It is the time of year when parents trek to the store to stock up on notebooks,
pencils, backpacks, lunchboxes and many other things on their back-to-school
checklist. It should also be the time parents take a moment to assure
their children’s health is in order, before heading back to school.
Community Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, urges parents
to make children’s health just as important as those school supplies
or new outfit for the first day of school, and offers the following health
checklist with important questions.
Has your child completed a back-to-school physical? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, schools often
require physicals to ensure students’ vaccinations are up-to-date.
These exams also provide an opportunity to monitor your child’s
health on a year-to-year basis to ensure he or she is hitting milestone
benchmarks. In addition to going over questions about lifestyle behaviors
and personal and family medical history, your health care provider will
also check vital signs, and perform heart, lung, abdominal, head, neck
and neurological exams.
Need a pediatrician? Visit
www.rwjbh.org/community and click on “Our Doctors” to find one, or call 1-888-724-7123.
Have you scheduled a vision screening for your child recently? A visit to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam is an important
part of overall health. If your child is having a problem seeing the blackboard,
it can affect their academic success. Also check with your child’s
ophthalmologist for the proper glasses to wear when playing contact sports.
Are your child’s immunizations up-to-date? Be sure to review any missed or new immunizations at your child’s
check up. If you have recently moved from another state, check with your
pediatrician to make sure your child meets the state’s immunization
regulations. New Jersey schools require specific immunizations based on
the age of your child. For a full list of vaccinations required for preschool/child
care, school and college entry in New Jersey, visit
Does your child receive medication on a regular basis for a chronic problem? Any health problems should be made known to the school. School nurses and
teachers should be informed, especially if they are the ones to administer
the medicine. Speak with them before school begins and work out an emergency
Has your child had a hearing test recently? If your child is listening to the television or music at a loud volume,
or tends to favor one ear over the other when listening, it may be a sign
of hearing loss.
Have you updated your emergency contacts? Make sure your child's emergency contacts on file with their school
are accurate and current. If you move or change a number, correct it the
next day. The child's physician and dentist need to be listed.
Does your child play sports? Consider scheduling cardiac and concussion screenings. Cardiac screenings
can help detect underlying cardiac issues in young athletes and confirm
that your child is healthy and ready to play. With a reported increase
in concussions in sports like youth soccer, cheerleading, football and
hockey, and even playground injuries, it's important to have a cognitive
baseline in case of a concussion.
The RWJBarnabas Health Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center
for Athletes provides statewide education, evaluation and assessment of
sports injury and sports-related cardiac and concussion screenings. For
information about upcoming screenings, call 973-322-7913.
With a little effort before school starts, children will head back to school
healthier, happier and ready to learn.
To find a pediatrician or specialist affiliated with Community Medical
www.rwjbh.org/community and click on “Our Doctors”, or call our free physician referral
service at 1-888-724-7123.