Heading to college after high school graduation represents a big transition, including the need for your child to take care of their health needs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises:
- The college student focuses on a healthy lifestyle. That means getting at least eight hours of sleep, getting regular exercise and eating nutritious meals.
- If their doctor is a pediatrician, ask when they should transition to a doctor who specifically treats adults.
- Your college student should be informed about their health history.
- Your college student should know why they take any medication, including how to take it properly and any side effects. They should make a plan for getting prescriptions refilled.
- They should prepare for health emergencies. Make sure they choose a clinic or hospital that’s close to school, and ask discuss their health insurance plan with you.