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Guest: Physician offers advice for parents sending kids back to school

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Most Chattahoochee Valley students will be back to school in early August, and getting them ready involves more than buying school supplies and clothes.

Their health is just as important.       

Dr. Clark Gillett, an Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Columbus Regional Health, visited the WTVM News Leader 9 studio with advice for parents who are getting their children ready to learn.

"I think checking with your child's physician—family physician or pediatrician—is in order, especially children who have some sort of chronic condition like diabetes or asthma," says Gillette. "Be sure that the diseases are treated up to the way they should be, and that everybody's on the same page—the parents, the school, the child—to know what to do for routine care. If there's an urgency or emergency, what needs to be done under those circumstances?"

Gillette says the school systems are pretty good at tracking required immunizations at school entry.

"There are a couple of immunizations that are due at the ‘tween age years—10, 11, 12. It's a good idea to check with your doctor about that," He says.

Establishing a routine is key, Gillette adds. "Where the child studies, when the child studies, regular meal time, regular bed time. Set down the circumstances so that you don't have to fight the same battle every night. We know that six o'clock is study time, and eight o'clock is bed time."

Gillette also recommends limiting screen time during the school year.

"The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends limiting screen time to one to two hours a day," he says. "The rest of the child needs to be doing his homework or out playing and being active.    

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