Back to school physicals are essential for all children ranging from pre-school to college. Even if your child is healthy and feels fine, it’s important to have them scheduled for their routine annual check-up before they go back to school.
A back to school physical can benefit them in more ways than one, and you might end up learning more about your child and their current health than you thought you would. When it’s time for your child to go back to school, keep a few physical exam benefits in mind.
Here’s what you need to know before coming into the office.
1. Stop the Spread of Disease
There are some illnesses and diseases that don’t show immediate symptoms. If your child is ill without any symptoms, then this will be detected during their physical. It’s important for all children to be screened for illness before returning to school in order to prevent the spread of disease.
This is also the time to ensure your child is caught up on all their vaccinations. When all children attending a school are up to date with their vaccinations, then there will be a less likely chance of children getting sick and spreading it to others on the school campus.
2. Assess Past Injuries
If your child engages in school sports, then an annual physical is even more essential. This physical will ensure your child is in good enough health to play the sport of their choice.
If they suffered from past injuries, then these injuries can be assessed as well. If something isn’t healing properly, it’ll be addressed.
3. Monitor Their Growth
Physical examinations are also a great way to monitor your child’s growth. It’s always amazing to see how much they’ve grown over the year. You’ll also know if your child is reaching the appropriate developmental milestones for their age.
If their behind in any way, the doctor will be able to go over these problem areas with you. Remember, some issues you can’t see, such as vision and hearing problems.
4. Build a Trusting Relationship
Keep up with these appointments is also a great way to build a trusting relationship with your child’s doctor. Once you and your child visit the doctor for multiple annual physicals, you and your child will become more comfortable going to the appointments.
The doctor will also know your child better and know what problem areas are being worked on, such as correcting vision.
It’s Time for Your Child’s Back to School Physical
When the beginning of a new school year is right around the corner, it’s time for your child’s back to school physical! Be sure not to forget to schedule it.
We look forward to seeing you and your child.