Yearly Physicals for Kids

Yearly Physicals for Kids

Preparing for a new school year isn’t just about new clothes and fresh pencils; it’s also about healthy checkups and a clean bill of health. A back-to-school physical is always a good idea for parents and kids. This is a good time for parents to get a sense of how their child is developing and voice any concerns. A physical generally consists of:

  • Measuring height, weight, and BMI (body mass index)
  • Recording vital signs
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Checking for abnormalities like scoliosis and hernias
  • Examining reflexes
  • Evaluating family medical history

Some basic questions for parents to ask are:

  • Is my child’s weight within the normal range?
  • What’s my child’s BMI?
  • How much sleep should my child get?
  • How often should I bring my child to the doctor?

Sports Physicals

The beginning of school normally marks the beginning of multiple sports seasons. Children who are interested in playing sports should get a certified sports physical. Sports physicals should take place approximately six weeks before the season begins. A sports physical evaluates injuries, cardiac issues and concussions or asthma history.

Where to Go

Our family physicians and pediatricians provide school and sports physicals at their offices. Call (888) 487-0183 to find a doctor close to you.