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When your child begins school, it’s time for your child to begin having school physicals by a pediatrician. School physicals are a great way to help ensure the continuing health of your child. They should be performed every year to make sure your child stays healthy.
Regular school physicals can help identify, prevent, and treat acute and chronic diseases including allergies, asthma, heart issues, and more. When medical issues are identified early, your child has a chance to regain health before school begins.
During your child’s school physical, your pediatrician will:
- Perform a comprehensive physical examination
- Check your child’s respiration, eyes, nose, throat, and ears
- Perform a vision and hearing screening
- Record your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and temperature
Immunizations are another vitally important part of your child’s school physical. In fact, immunizations are required for your child to attend school. You must also show proof that your child is current on immunizations. Your pediatrician can give you the documentation you need.
According to the Centers for Disease Control or CDC, recommended and required immunizations from birth to age 18 are:
- Hepatitis B
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
- Haemophilus influenza type B
- Pneumococcal conjugate
- Measles, mumps, rubella
- Hepatitis A
- Human papillomavirus
- Meningococcal conjugate
If your child wants to play a sport, a sports physical may be combined with the school physical. A sports physical helps determine whether your child is healthy enough to play a sport.
During a sports physical, your pediatrician will also check your child’s balance, reflexes, flexibility, muscle strength, and breathing, to determine how your child might react while under physical stress.
Schools, sports, and exposure to other students provide a breeding ground for illness. Regular school and sports physicals, immunizations, and early treatment can help your child stay healthy during the school years and beyond. To find out more about school physicals, call your pediatrician today.
Did your child just inform you that he or she needs a physical to participate in a sport or activity? Luckily, school physicals are one of the many services your pediatricians at Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, offer.
Reasons your child may need a school physical
A school physical may be required if your child will be:
- Playing a Sport: School physicals ensure that your child is healthy enough to play sports. During a school physical at the Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, IL pediatrics office, the doctor will also make sure that any chronic conditions are adequately managed and injuries fully healed.
- Enrolling in a New School: Some schools require physicals as part of the admissions process.
- Attending Summer Camp: Summer camps may also request physicals as a requirement for enrollment.
The best time to schedule a school physical
It's best to schedule a school physical six to eight weeks before the start of the season or the due date for the completed school physical form. Since many other parents will also be calling to schedule physicals, it may not be possible to find an open appointment if you wait until a week or two before the first practice. In some cases, follow-up visits may be needed if your child has an injury that hasn't healed completely or has a chronic condition that isn't under control. When you make an appointment as soon as possible, there will be more time for the injury to heal or the condition to be properly managed.
In addition to checking your child's vital signs, measuring his or her height or weight, and evaluating eyes, ears, nose, throat and lungs, the school physical will also include an evaluation of posture, flexibility, joint stability, strength and reflexes. If your child isn't up-to-date on his or her immunizations, the shots can also be provided during the school physical.
Do you need to make an appointment for your son or daughter's school physical? Schedule a visit with your Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, pediatricians at Downers Grove Pediatrics by calling (630) 759-9230 for the Bolingbrook office or (630) 852-4551 for the Downers Grove office.