Preparing your child for a new school year can be a fun, exciting and busy time. There are forms to fill out and supplies to purchase. Your list of necessary supplies for a successful school year should include items such as paper, pencils and a physical examination.
Back-to-school physicals, or check-ups, are an important step to making sure your child is fit, healthy and ready to succeed. Because returning to school falls at the same time each year, many families choose to schedule their well child check-ups for August.
Yearly check-ups allow doctors to examine your child’s growth progress, monitor conditions and answer important questions that you or your child may have. Continuing to visit your chosen doctor annually fosters a trust-filled relationship with your physician, establishing a long-term partner in your child’s health care. This relationship creates a unique medical history that allows your doctor to track your child’s progress and development throughout the years.
Many schools offer sports physicals to student athletes. While these physicals screen for important athletic health conditions, they do not address your child’s overall health- something that can only be addressed through an annual physical exam. Your child’s doctor can address topics such as sports nutrition and training and exercise programs to allow your child to make healthy decisions on and off the field.
It is especially important that adolescents continue to receive annual physical check-ups. Transitioning from a child to a teenager can be a stressful and emotional time. Your child’s doctor can offer wellness guidance for puberty concerns.
Before your child returns to school, make sure to check Physical Exam off of your supply list.
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