School Physicals Questions and Answers
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School physicals are a mandated exam required every year to ensure the health of your children. These physicals have much in common with annual doctor’s check-ups, however they are not a replacement. A school physical consists of a physical assessment and a review of medical history.
What is a school physical exam?
Back-to-school physical exams are an important aspect of children’s health care. From childhood through adolescence, kids undergo dramatic changes in weight, height and other physical characteristics. A school physical is an opportunity for both parents and pediatricians to ensure that children are developing properly and are in good overall health. An ideal time to complete this assessment is the start of a new school year.
Where can I get a physical done for school?
School physicals can be performed at most pediatricians’ offices, including Olivero Pediatrics. We have an experienced pediatrician on staff who treats all pediatric age groups, from newborns to adolescents aged 21 years. Call Olivero Pediatrics to get your child’s physical today!
What does a physical for school consist of?
A school physical consists of three parts:
Physical Assessment — The primary purpose of your child’s physical exam is to gain an overall assessment of the student’s physical health. The pediatrician will conduct a routine physical including measurements and assessments of your child’s development and growth during your child’s school physical examination. They will measure height, weight, pulse and blood pressure. They will also evaluate, assess and examine your child’s eyes, ears, nose, throat, neck, chest, and lymph nodes. Additionally, they will evaluate your child’s heart, muscles, skin, abdomen, joints and spine.
Establish a Medical History — Conducting routine examinations establishes a medical history. Having this established medical history helps your child’s pediatrician be aware of the development and overall health progress of your child over time. When performing a school physical, the pediatrician will first review the family medical history, including a list of current or previous medications for your child and any past illnesses or hospitalizations the child has had.
Charting all Your Medical Records – Regardless of whether a child is having a school physical or sports physical, it is required that the child has had all the state-mandated vaccinations. At the time of the school physical exam, the doctor will ensure that all your child’s immunizations and shots are current and up to date. They will also provide any additional vaccines that are required depending on their age and grade. The doctor will provide you with a complete report of your child’s medical findings, statistics and immunizations for you to keep in your personal records. Be sure to bring along any forms that may be specifically required by your school to the appointment for your child’s physical examination. Additionally, be sure that you provide proof that their physical examination has been performed and their immunizations and shots are current when your they are set to start school.
If your child requires a school physical, come to Olivero Pediatrics Port Matilda PA today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing school physicals and can help determine the health of your child. For more information on our school physicals, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our pediatrician, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.