Everything You Need to Know About The ‘5-Year’ Check-Up

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It’s that time of year! We’re so excited to see so many smiling faces soon that are ready to start Kindergarten (even if us parents may not be so ready!).

But! Before that first-day-of-school bell rings, there’s the “5-Year” or “Kindergarten” Check-Up that needs to be done first.

This essential appointment helps ensure your child has the correct immunizations and screenings completed so they are prepared for the first day of school.

Today, we’re walking you through what this visit looks like to help prepare both you and your little one on what to expect!

First things first. Be aware: booster shots are often due during this visit. Most public and private schools require these vaccinations, which address illnesses like Tetanus, Polio, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, and Chicken Pox.

At Shults Pediatrics, to help out our brave patients, we combine vaccines so that only TWO shots are required instead of four!

Next, we will conduct a physical exam, as well as screen for vision, hearing, and other developmental milestones that will help boost your little one’s confidence before their first day of school!

Additionally, a necessary part of the visit is when we check that your child’s kidneys are working correctly and ensure there is no evidence of infection in the urinary system by taking a sample of urine before the visit is over.

Finally, we’ll do a quick finger stick to get a drop of blood to ensure that your child doesn’t have anemia (which is when oxygen has a hard time making it through the body), as this can impair learning.

Hopefully, this rundown gives everyone a better idea of what to expect at the “Kindergarten visit” and allows for a stress-free check-up!

After the visit, we can provide the immunization records that most schools will need. This can be uploaded to the patient portal so that you can print it as many times as you need!