As our children grow, they are closely monitored by their pediatrician to ensure they hit all their developmental and growth milestones. However, older children who begin playing sports for their schools require a fresh clean bill of health from their doctor. Learn about school physicals and why they are important with your child’s pediatrician at Carolina Kids Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC.
What is a school physical?
A physical will consist of your child’s pediatrician taking measurements of their height, weight and blood pressure. Additionally, your child’s pediatrician may also check their eyes, flexibility, heart and lungs, ears, nose and throat, and feel for abdominal abnormalities. Your pediatrician will also administer any necessary vaccinations required by the school during the physical. Family and medical history help your pediatrician gather more information to fully assess your child’s overall health.
Why is a school or sports physical necessary?
Some schools or sports teams require that your child undergo a routine physical examination by their pediatrician before admitting them. Children go through many physical and developmental changes in their early years, making properly monitoring these changes important to your child’s health. A routine school physical rules out any major health concerns and catches any problems early.
Is your child planning on playing any sports this school year? If so, the school will probably require your child to have a sports physical done before he or she can play. School and sports physicals help make sure that players are in good health before they play, in an effort to avoid injuries and the effects of other potentially harmful medical conditions.
What Should My Child Expect at a Physical?
Your child's sports physical will consist of two main parts. First, the doctor will take your child's medical history and family medical history, and then he or she will perform a physical examination of your child.
When acquiring your child's medical history, the doctor will want to know about any serious illnesses or injuries your child has had in the past, any substances your child is currently allergic to and the types of medication your child is on. The doctor will also want to know about any previous surgeries or hospitalizations your child has had, as well as about any suspicious symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain and difficulty breathing.
During the physical exam, the doctor will measure your child's height and weight, take your child's blood pressure and listen to your child's heart and lungs. The doctor will also feel your child's abdomen and look in your child's nose, eyes and throat. Your child may have a vision screening or urinalysis done as well. Depending on the results of these tests, the doctor may prescribe further tests as needed.
What Should I Bring?
When visiting the doctor for your child's school & sports physical, you will need to bring your child's medical records, including a current copy of their immunizations record, a list of your child's known allergies and a list of any medications your child is on currently. You will also want to bring your insurance card and the physical form your child's school needs to have filled out. Be sure to write down any questions or concerns you may have ahead of time so you don't forget them during your appointment.
Carolina Kids Pediatrics is committed to helping you keep your child healthy--both when your child is sick and when your child is well, and visiting Carolina Kids Pediatrics for a sports physical is a great way to make sure that your child is healthy enough to play sports and to solve any problems if he or she is not. Call and schedule your child's appointment today!
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Carolina Kids Pediatrics offers school and sports physicals.
Call our Raleigh, NC office at (919) 881-9009 for an appointment!