Does My Child Really Need a Physical?

little girl at the doctor for a physical

Does My Child Need an Annual Physical?

It’s back-to-school season which means plenty of shopping and preparation. However, a key part of helping your child get ready for a new fun and exciting year of school is to make sure they’re healthy. This includes getting a physical for many children — but is it necessary?

Recommended Ages for a Checkup

Life has become very hectic over the past year or so, with new health guidelines to follow to protect you and your family. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of having an annual physical done before the school year begins.

Even if your child appears to be healthy, the American Academy of Pediatrics promotes the following guidelines for pediatric wellness checks:

  • From newborn to two: should visit every few months.
  • From two to six: should visit annually.
  • From 6 on: should visit every one to two years.

Remember that if your child plays sports, they may have to get a physical every year before they’re allowed to start practicing. Be sure to follow your school’s guidelines and contact them if you have any questions.

What Happens at the Physical?

In general, your child’s pediatrician will go over these items during their wellness visit:

  • Check their height and weight (BMI).
  • Check their blood pressure.
  • Give them a screening for mental health conditions.
  • Check on habits such as eating, sleeping, and exercise.
  • Check their growth and development (signs of puberty).
  • Make sure they are up to date on their immunizations.
  • Order any additional necessary testing (such as anemia or high cholesterol.)
  • Take a physical examination; checking their heart, lungs, and back.

Annual Physicals in Arlington, TX

At Urgentology Care, we offer annual physical services including back to school and sports physicals, as well as the Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. You don’t need an appointment, but you can schedule one for today to cut down on waiting time by calling (817) 799-7273 or contacting us online.

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