Include well-checks in your summer plans

Include well-checks in your summer plans

For kids, summertime means sunny days, swimming, and endless outdoor adventures. Although it may not sound as fun, scheduling a well-child checkup for your school-aged child during the summer months can be just as essential as stocking up on sunscreen and pool toys. Here's why:

Easier family schedules

For most of us, summertime means more relaxed family schedules, making it the perfect time to schedule a well-check exam for kids ages 5-18.

Comprehensive coverage

A well-check exam is an opportunity to cover important health aspects that often get overlooked during sick visits. While illness-focused appointments address immediate concerns, well visits delve into broader health areas such as growth, nutrition, exercise habits, and overall well-being. Plus, it's the perfect time to ensure your child's vaccinations are up to date, following the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mental health matters

A summer well-check exam offers a safe space for your doctor to screen for signs of depression, anxiety, and other issues. By addressing these concerns in the summer, doctors can provide support, connect families with resources, and offer guidance tailored to each child's needs before the back-to-school rush starts. Learn more about ARC Pediatric Mental Health.

Fill out those sports physical forms and more

Your child's well-check visit is also an opportunity to get forms filled out that might be required for upcoming school and organized activities.

Ultimately, a trip to the doctor's office may not rival a day at the beach, but it's a crucial component of safeguarding your child's health and well-being. So, as you plan your family's summer adventures, don't forget to pencil in that all-important well-check exam—it's the best way to ensure your child stays healthy and happy all summer long and well into the school year.

Make an appointment today

When school is out, that's the time to check in with your ARC pediatrician, family medicine doctor, or APC, for your child's health. You can schedule a well-check exam in the following ways:

  • Book at ARC MyChart if you have proxy access to your child's account.
  • Click BOOK NOW on your doctor's or APC's website bio page.
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  • Call 512-272-4636 for 24/7 phone scheduling services.

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