Take a few moments to write down your child’s medical history. Include major illnesses and injuries, any surgeries and any chronic health problems, such as asthma or allergies. Be sure to include any new health problems that may have cropped up over the past year.
Make a list of medications:
Make sure your child’s healthcare provider knows all the medications your child is taking, the doses and how often. Be sure to list any over-the-counter medications, vitamin and supplements as well as prescription medicines.
Your doctor probably has your child’s immunization record on file. If not, obtain the records from your child’s previous healthcare provider. Also, make sure you list any immunizations your child may have received elsewhere, a tetanus shot in an emergency room, for example, or a vaccine at a travel clinic before a trip. Remember most states require your child’s immunizations to be up-to-date in order for them to come to daycare, preschool or school.
Sports participation forms:
Most schools require authorization from a licensed health professional before your child can participate in sports activities. Check with your child’s school about how to obtain the authorization form and bring it with you to your child’s checkup. For a calendar of heart screenings offered to youth athletes at area high schools, visit the Nick of Time Foundation.
Medical authorization forms:
If your child needs to take a medication or have a medical procedure done while in school, your child’s healthcare provider needs to fill out an authorization form. This is a good time to make sure any medications that your child will have at school, such as an epinephrine injector for allergic reactions, are not out-of-date.
Make a list of your concerns:
Take a moment to write down any concerns you might have about your child. Does your child seem to be healthy and vigorous? Does your child’s development seem normal? Are you concerned about challenges your child may face in the coming school year that your doctor may be able to help with?
Talk to your child about the visit:
Talk to your child about the upcoming doctor’s visit to ease any concerns and fears. Children, especially teens, must deal with a wide range of challenges as they cope with the physical and emotional changes of adolescence. Encourage them to ask questions and talk candidly to the doctor about any concerns they may have.
Make an appointment, early:
Don’t wait until the last moment! Make an appointment early, before the end-of-summer rush. That way you’ll be sure your child is ready for school and you’ll have one less thing on your back-to-school to-do list.
Every woman is at risk of developing ovarian cancer, but some women are at higher risk than others. Understanding the risk factors for ovarian cancer is the first step in protecting yourself from ovarian cancer.
Your risk of ovarian cancer increases as you age. It is rare before the age of 40. Most cases occur in women after menopause. More than half of cases are in women over age 60.
If you have close family members, such as your mother, sister, aunt or grandmother, on either your father’s or mother’s side, who have had ovarian cancer, you have a higher risk of developing the disease. The more family members you have who have had ovarian cancer, the higher your risk.
BRCA1 and BRCA2
Women who have inherited an abnormal copy of the “so-called cancer genes” BRCA1 or BRCA2 are at higher risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancer. Women can determine if they have these genes through genetic testing.
Women who have a body mass index, or BMI, equal to or greater than 30 have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Women who had at least one child appear to have a lower risk of ovarian cancer than women who have not had a child or who have had trouble getting pregnant.
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