Kids, It’s Time To Get Physical!

It’s that time of year again; it’s time to prepare for physicals and back to school. Physicals are important for monitoring growth and making sure the child is progressing properly. Teachers and coaches have to know if the child has any physical problems or health issues, so they know what actions to take in case of emergencies. There are several places you can get this done.

Places To Get Physicals

  • Pediatrician offices
  • Primary Care Physician
  • Walgreens
  • Clinics

As long as you have one, it does not matter where you get it. They are only good for a year though, so if you know that your physical is about to expire, you should schedule one soon to save yourself the hassle.

What Happens During a Physical?

During the physical, the doctor will check your stomach for any abnormalities. They will also check your reflexes. Blood pressure is important, and if you have asthma, they will assess how well it is being controlled. Physicals differ depending on age. If it is for kindergarten, the doctor will ask you about health concerns and make sure they are eating enough. The kindergarten physical is a tough one because the child has to get a lot of immunizations. If they are behind on immunizations, the doctor will try to catch them up.

For a teenager, the parent will have to leave the room for some of the questions. The doctors will ask about drugs, alcohol, and sex. Most children will not answer truthfully while the parents are in the room. You were a teenager once; I’m sure you did not want your parents to know some of the things you did. At the age of 15, a child is considered to have autonomy; meaning they can make decisions about their treatment without you. But they have to be 18 and older to sign for vaccines.

Now that summer is almost over, it is already time to prepare for a new year. Do not neglect your school and sports physicals. Make sure you get those things in so that you and your child is prepared for the next school year. Schedule an appointment with a Top10MD Pediatrician today!