In The News: Do Kids Still Need Back-to-School Checkups During a Pandemic?

ParentMap's Malia Jacobson spoke with Dr. Scott Bonvallet, sleep medicine and Dr. Darshana Shanbhag, internal medicine about getting a back-to-school physical and the importance of checking in on your overall health. 

From the article, "Public health experts are concerned that parents are postponing preventive care for their children and themselves out of concerns about COVID-19. According to a May 2020 report released by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, doctor visits for women’s care and wellness screenings dropped 86 percent during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

So, why should parents prioritize back-to-school wellness checkups when school is taking place online? First, staying in touch with your health-care providers at regular intervals is just plain good for your family’s health. Research links delayed preventive care to negative outcomes, such as increased health-care costs and a lower quality of life."

Read the full article, here.