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US pediatricians prescribe plan to boost school attendance

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Being absent from school too often, excused or not, can put a childs academic achievement—and future health—at risk. A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in the February 2019 Pediatrics, "The link between school attendance and good health" recommends health care providers promote good school attendance as preventive medicine.

Common, preventable causes of school absences range from infections such as influenza to poorly controlled chronic conditions like asthma. Socioeconomic factors tied to absenteeism include unstable housing conditions, transportation difficulties, a history of maltreatment, exposure to domestic violence, and being called on to care for younger family members.

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