School physicals are vital to your child’s health care to make sure that he/she is healthy for the upcoming school year.
From elementary through high school, children undergo major changes in their height, weight, and other physical characteristics. An annual school physical is the perfect opportunity to assess whether a child is experiencing healthy, age-appropriate development and to address any physical, emotional, or social concerns. It will also verify if vaccinations (required for school attendance) are all up to date.
What’s Included in a School Physical?
A school physical is a thorough but non-invasive wellness checkup to monitor your child’s development. The doctor will review your child’s medical history which may include past injuries or illnesses, any surgeries, or hospitalizations. Current medications and any health concerns – such as dizziness, chest pain, or breathing difficulties are also assessed. Other things that will be checked during a physical include:
- Weight and height
- Vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure
- Vision and hearing
- Joints, posture, flexibility, strength
- Abdomen, heart, lungs, ears, nose, and throat
What Do I Need to Bring with Me?
You should bring any relevant information to a back to school physical examination, such as a list of any medications your child is taking, and any glasses, contact lenses, or hearing devices that your child wears.
It can be a good idea to think about any questions you wish to ask at your child’s back to school physical, in advance. Questions can vary depending on his/her age but may include:
- Why does my child’s stomach hurt after eating?
- Is it ok that my child is shorter than his peers?
- How much sleep should my child be having?
- What treatments are recommended for acne?
- How can my child deal with exam stress?
You should aim to have your child’s physical at around the same time each year in order to regularly monitor their development. At the start of the school year is an ideal time to complete the assessment.
Back to School Physical Examinations in North Richland Hills, TX
A back to school physical is an important way to monitor your child’s health and development. At EMC Express Care, we provide a comprehensive physical examination to assess your child’s health and medical history, including an evaluation of their height, weight, blood pressure, vision, heart, and other important physical systems. We also verify that your child is up to date with their mandatory vaccinations.
To schedule a back to school physical, call EMC Express Care today at (817) 503-8800 or visit our walk-in clinic any day of the week between 10 am and 8 pm. You can also save time by using our convenient online check-in form prior to the actual check-up.