Summer is now upon us and it is important for parents to begin scheduling back to school physicals and immunizations for school age children. Routine physicals allow physicians an opportunity to assess children for more than just physical problems.
Welborn Clinic pediatrician, Dr. Andrew Jung says he discusses many issues with parents at this time. Family interaction, peer pressure, school performance, study habits, behavioral issues and safety concerns are all areas that are addressed. Being proactive in identifying issues at an early age is important in avoiding serious problems as the child grows.
During a routine physical by a Welborn Clinic pediatrician, parents can expect the following:
A complete physical which includes measuring the weight, height, and blood pressure. Height and weight results are then plotted on a growth chart to determine if the child falls outside of normal percentages for his age. This is especially important in identifying childhood obesity or other growth issues.
Immunization records are reviewed to determine if the child is up to date. Immunizations will be provided if necessary, and a record maintained for school files.
Hearing tests are provided to detect hearing loss. This is especially important for development of good speech patterns, especially in younger children.
Vision is checked unless the child is already seeing an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 775,000 children under the age of 15 end up in the emergency room each year due to sports injuries. It is very important that your child receive a physical to detect any special medical condition prior to engaging in team sport activities. A physical can detect breathing problems such as asthma, high blood pressure, heart conditions, muscle or bone abnormalities that may need treatment.