One of the favorite activities of Family Healthcare providers is helping to ensure the children of Southwestern Utah are ready to go back to school each August. All Family Healthcare locations offer affordable, compassionate, care, for individuals and families, regardless of insurance or financial circumstances. All services are available in English and Spanish.
Unlike a “sick visit,” a well-child visit is a time for the doctor to look at all the factors that go into the health and well-being of your child and helps you to track your child’s growth and development. Well-child visits also help develop a trusting, caring relationship between parents, children, and their health care team. Immunizations can be given during a well-child visit.
Children entering kindergarten, or seventh grade in Utah are required to receive certain immunizations before school begins. This protects the child, and the whole community against potentially harmful diseases that can be life-threatening, especially in children and babies. Family Healthcare offers no-charge childhood vaccinations to families without health care insurance or with financial need. No child is ever turned away from receiving their immunizations. This is a proven way to ensure children grow and stay healthy.
|School Entry Immunization Requirements in Utah|
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Children attending a preschool program, including a licensed daycare center, nursery, childcare facility, family home care, or Head Start Program are required to be immunized appropriately for the age of the child. Preschoolers should receive all the doses of each vaccine for their age group, and according to current immunization schedules as published by the Utah Department of Health.
While returning to school is exciting for most children, it can be a stressful time for some. Family Healthcare offers integrated medical and behavioral health services, so it is possible for a child to receive counseling during a well-child visit. A brief visit with a therapist can help children to overcome anxious feelings associated with returning to school. Our providers offer an environment where children feel safe expressing and overcoming their fears. Starting the school year with a confident, positive outlook, as well as a few coping tools, is a great way to reduce anxiety and get off to a good start.
After a relaxed summer schedule it’s good for children to reestablish routines before their return to school. Sleep is a key element in the health of a child. Enough sleep helps children remain alert, engaged and relaxed. Since children need time to transition from a summer to school schedule, starting an earlier bedtime one or two weeks before school begins will give kids time to gradually adjust to the new schedule. Establishing a routine sleep schedule and keeping bedtime a relaxed time of day, without screens, is very helpful to ensuring children are not stressed or anxious. A quiet, dark room, with comfortable temperature for sleeping will help children get a good night of rest. Since adults are role models, it’s helpful when everyone gets enough sleep, and are well rested and with a positive mood and energy for the day.
School means more exposure to germs. Helping children curb the spread of germs keeps everyone healthy and well enough to be learning in school. Here are some hygiene tips that children returning to school, and their family members can practice.
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