Back-to-school check-ups

Back-to-school is often a time when parents think about getting their kids to the doctor for a check-up.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends every child get a physical exam every year. Kids heading into kindergarten need to have their hearing tested, along with their vision but a 5-year-old wellness check assesses more than just the child's physical condition. It also gauges if they are mature enough to listen to directions and if they can sit in a seat.

Pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu said the visit allows doctors to address issues like nutrition, physical activity and sleep, along with social and emotional issues.