The importance of school physicals
As our children grow, they are closely monitored by their pediatrician to ensure they hit all their developmental and growth milestones. However, older children who begin playing sports for their schools require a fresh clean bill of health from their doctor.
What is a school physical?
A physical will consist of your child’s pediatrician taking measurements of their height, weight and blood pressure. Additionally, your child’s pediatrician may also check their eyes, flexibility, heart and lungs, ears, nose and throat, and feel for abdominal abnormalities. Your pediatrician will also administer any necessary vaccinations required by the school during the physical. Family and medical history help your pediatrician gather more information to fully assess your child’s overall health.
Why is a school physical necessary?
Some schools or sports teams require that your child undergo a routine physical examination by their pediatrician before admitting them. Children go through many physical and developmental changes in their early years, making properly monitoring these changes important to your child’s health. A routine school physical rules out any major health concerns and catches any problems early.