Parents’ guide to back-to-school screenings

It’s that time of year. As children head off to school every fall, they’ll undergo a series of health screenings. Massachusetts requires public schools to conduct the following screenings: body mass index (or BMI), vision, hearing and scoliosis. Parents may have many questions: When are children screened? What’s normal? What’s not? How should parents handle results? Dr. Alexandra Epee-Bounya, from Boston Children’s Primary Care at Martha Eliot, reviews the ins and outs of various school screenings. Body mass index (BMI) screening BMI may be the most upsetting screening for parents and children, says Dr. Epee-Bounya. “At the Martha Eliot Health Center, I explain to parents that this screening casts a wide net, and it is designed to catch worrisome and not-so-worrisome results. If there is a problem, we can work together toward a solution.” Grade levels screened: 1st, 4th, 7th  and 10th grade. Target: BMI is a body fat measure based on height and weight. A result of less than 5 percent indicates a child may be underweight, while a BMI of 85 percent or greater suggests she may be overweight, and 95 percent or greater suggest she may be obese. Recommendations: If the school sends a letter alerting you about your child’s BMI results, make an appointment with your pediatrician. “Your child’s doctor can see her history and take a holistic approach to weight issues. We have interventions available, including a n...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: parenting BMI Boston Children's Primary Care at Martha Eliot Dr. Alexandra Epee-Bounya scoliosis Source Type: news

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