HCHC pediatrician reminds parents to have their children screened annually before returning to school

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Pediatricians are reminding parents to give their children a physical exam before returning to school.

“We will measure your weight, we will measure your height, after the age of three or at the age of three we start checking blood pressure as you know from an adult point of view, we always refer to blood pressure as a silent killer because you don’t know you have high blood pressure and the same could happen in children,” said HCHC pediatrician Dr Oluwatosin Oladeinde.

Dr. Oladeinde said that in Virginia, comprehensive physical exams are required before entering preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school.

“We don’t necessarily focus only on physical health, but we also want to assess all the social, emotional, mental health needs things like that,” Dr. Oladeinde said.

She said they tend to pick up in school-aged children, due to playing many sports, but middle schoolers may need them the most.

“As they approach puberty, which they can expect, I also like to educate my teenagers when it comes to loving decision-making and going through different stages of adolescent development as they become more an adult and individuals themselves,” Dr. Oladeinde said.

Physical exams help the family, school, and pediatrician learn about a child’s health and can pick up things that may not be noticed during a regular appointment.

“In this they are going to be able to assess how the child is doing from a growth perspective, how is the child doing from a development perspective, are there any social needs, are there- Are there any developmental needs that are necessary for the school to be able to help? said Dr. Oladeinde.

Dr. Oladeinde said medical checkups are the time to check that your child is up to date with vaccinations and also to make sure they have a dentist.

“As of six months or even 12 months, most pediatric dentists will start seeing their patients at 12 months just to make sure that you are able to detect any issues that may arise with cavities and things like that,” Dr. Oladeine said.

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