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Doctors advise checkups before school starts

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Many doctors say back-to-school physical checkups should happen every year, no matter how healthy your child appears to be.

And with the start of classes just a few days away in Metro Nashville Public Schools, and many other local districts, now is the time to take care of those immunizations and doctor's office visits.

"The most important parts of the physical exam are their growth and development, how much they've changed over the past year, and of course, we do a head-to-toe exam, looking at all of their organs, listening to heart and lungs, and making sure that we don't detect any issues like hearing or vision problems, that could cause impairment in the upcoming school year," said Dr. Kim Giuliano, with the Cleveland Clinic.

During an examination, a pediatrician will typically look for stomach or joint problems. A hernia and skin check may also be performed.

This is also a good time to bring up any health-related issues your child may be having, so it's often a good idea to bring in a written list of questions.

Be sure to ask about anything that has bothered your son or daughter over the past year.

Also, if your child needs to get booster shots, or a copy of immunization records, now is a good time to do that.

See a full list of what your son or daughter will need by visiting: http://www.mnps.org/Page68374.aspx.

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