In an environment where children learn and grow, it is crucial that the health and overall condition of children is important to consider. Medical problems can cause issues in school performance in children, such as the inability to concentrate due to general physical discomfort or lack of sleep. By having an annual physical provides the opportunity to check for health problems and will make it less difficult to identify issues. Even if your child has no history of health issues, it is still important to schedule a physical at least once every two years. On the other hand, children with chronic medical conditions such as asthma and diabetes should be examined annually.
There is not much of a difference between a normal physical and school examination. Weight and height, vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature and pulse are all measured. A physician assistant listens for the child’s lungs and heart, and then checks their ears, eyes, throat and nose. If the physical is required for a child to be in a sport, the physician will also test their strength and flexibility. All results of the physical are recorded on forms provided by your school district.
Adolescence is a time where vital changes take place in children’s development. Not only is it convenient to have a physical at school, it is invaluable to keep a yearly updated medical history of your child that helps give doctors and parents awareness of your child’s development over time. A history provides information in detail for physicians to accurately diagnose and monitor vital signs as children progress into puberty. Information includes immunization and vaccination records.
After an exam your child might require additional tests to confirm a diagnosis. At our on-site laboratory, we conveniently give on-site X-ray services and other necessary tests. If your child needs to be treated for an injury, or needs a prescription, it is vital to contact your healthcare provider. Through school physicals, medical professionals can discover the true medical condition of children to find out of any difficulties they may have that have not yet been identified. It is always easier to treat illnesses and injuries if detected early on.
If your child needs their school physical administered, stop by Centennial Medical Group! We’ll make sure your child is in good health to kick off the school year! For more information about our physical exam services, call us at 410-730-3399 to set up an appointment today!