Back-to-School preparation: Children’s physicals

WICHITA, Kansas – School starts next Tuesday for most Wichita kids and parents are scrambling with last minute preparations.

Doctors say an annual wellness exam should be high on that list, and the screening should include a child’s hearing and vision.
Dr. Jennifer Shu, pediatrician says that those can affect the way a child performs in school. If you just send them into the classroom without that eye screen, they can have problems seeing the board.

Dr. Shu says the visit allows doctors to address issues like nutrition, exercise and sleep, along with social and emotional issues.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends every child get a physical exam every year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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