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The importance of your child's back-to-school checkup

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(WJBK) - We may be in the heart of summer but now is the time parents should start thinking about getting their children into the doctor for the back-to-school physicals.

Even if your child seems perfectly fine, don't blow off the back-to-school checkup. It's a chance to talk to your doctor about many issues.

"So, if parents have had any concerns over the year about their child's growth, nutrition, development, behavior or learning capabilities, now is definitely the time to bring it up," says Dr. Kim Giuliano, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children's.

How your child is growing is a big issue. Their growth charts will be compared and your doctor will look for certain developmental milestones. Your child's vaccine record will be double checked and updated.

Plus, your pediatrician will also look for any potential skin, stomach or joint problems.

Dr. Giuliano says getting a comprehensive head-to-toe assessment is very important before every school year.

"Most of the time when we see healthy children for physicals they leave the office without any identified problems, but there are times where very serious problems can be identified and the earlier we pick up on them, instead of waiting for a child to become progressively ill, the better off a child can be," says Giuliano.

Dr. Giuliano says the time to schedule your child's back to school check-up is now. She says the closer you get to the start of school the harder it will be land an appointment.

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