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The importance of a proactive approach to children’s healthcare during the school year

The importance of a proactive approach to children’s healthcare during the school year

It is the beginning of another school year. September is always a month full of stress as new routines need to be implemented again and lots of things need to be taken care of, from back-to-school shopping and choosing extra-curriculum activities to adjusting to early morning wake ups, controlling screen-time, and normal bedtime routines. Unfortunately, the back-to-school time often comes with new viruses. Taking a proactive approach to your children’s healthcare during the school year is of utmost importance. Ensuring that children receive a balanced diet, adequate sleep, exercise, and proper healthcare not only contributes to their overall well-being but also has significant implications for their educational success and future development.

There are several determinants that can play a significant role in shaping the health and well-being of children, including socioeconomic status, access to healthcare, nutrition and food security, housing and neighborhood conditions, social support networks, racial and ethnic disparities, education, and a multitude of environmental factors. Efforts to reduce health disparities and promote equitable access to resources and opportunities are essential to improving the health and well-being of all children.

Addressing not just physical health but children's mental health and well-being is critical during the school year. The demands of school can sometimes lead to stress, anxiety, or depression in children. A proactive approach involves recognizing signs of mental health issues and providing appropriate support and counseling.

Good health, physical and mental combined, is closely linked to academic performance. When children are healthy, they are more likely to attend school and participate actively in class, adapt to changes, and confidently take on new challenges. Illnesses and chronic health conditions can lead to frequent absences, which can hinder a child's ability to keep up with their studies.

Ensuring the health of school children is a critical responsibility that involves a combination of proactive measures from parents, schools, and the community. Educating children about healthy habits, including nutrition, exercise, and hygiene, is also an essential aspect of proactive healthcare. Schools can play a role in promoting these habits, but parents and healthcare providers also have a responsibility to reinforce them.

Steps that can be taken to promote and maintain the health of school children include:

Health Screenings: Early intervention can significantly improve outcomes. Proactive healthcare involves taking preventive measures such as vaccinations, regular check-ups, and screenings. The early identification of issues and developmental delays like vision problems, hearing impairments, or learning disabilities may go unnoticed without routine healthcare assessments. Ensure students have access to necessary follow-up care if any issues are identified.

Access to Healthcare Services: Partner with local healthcare providers, health agencies, and community organizations to enhance access to healthcare services and resources for students and families.

Vaccinations: Ensure that all students are up to date with their vaccinations. Schools can collaborate with local healthcare providers to organize vaccination clinics and educate parents about the importance of immunization.

Health Education: Implement health education programs that teach students about nutrition, hygiene, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. These programs can include workshops, seminars, and classroom lessons.

Healthy School Meals: Provide nutritious meals and snacks in school cafeterias. Collaborate with nutritionists to develop balanced meal plans that meet the dietary needs of students.

Physical Activity: Promote physical activity by offering physical education classes, recess breaks, and after-school sports programs. Ensure that students have access to safe and age-appropriate exercise facilities.

Hydration: Encourage students to stay hydrated throughout the day by providing access to clean drinking water. Promote the use of reusable water bottles.

Adequate Sleep: Educate parents and students about the importance of sufficient sleep for physical and mental health. Encourage healthy sleep routines and limit late-night screen time.

Allergy Management: Be aware of students with allergies and ensure that necessary precautions are taken, such as allergy action plans and the availability of epinephrine auto-injectors.

Monitoring Chronic Health Conditions: Develop individualized healthcare plans for students with chronic health conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes). Train staff on how to respond to emergencies related to these conditions.

During the school year, a proactive approach to children's healthcare is essential for promoting their overall well-being, academic success, and future development. Collaboration between parents, schools, and healthcare providers is key to achieving these goals.

At Carta Health, we are working toward making a difference in people’s lives. Our goal is to ensure both adults and children have the healthcare information they need to thrive by providing effective and timely screening of potential health problems. Contact Carta at to learn more about how you can take a proactive approach to your healthcare by taking advantage of our health screening services in the comfort of your own home.

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