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Preparing Your Child for a Physical

Summer has arrived, and many children will be attending camp for the upcoming months. Families tend to get caught up in all the excitement and preparation—buying insect repellent, sunscreen, etc. They sometimes forget one important activity that needs to be checked off the list in advance: physicals.

What Happens at a Physical?

At a physical, your child’s pediatrician is going to check the following:

  • height
  • weight
  • blood pressure
  • heart
  • lungs
  • stomach
  • ears
  • nose
  • throat
  • eyesight
  • strength
  • flexibility
  • reflexes

When Does Your Child Need a Physical?

Your child may need a physical if he or she is:

  • going to summer camp
  • going back to school
  • joining a sports team

Why Does Your Child need a Physical?

Your growing child needs a physical for two main reasons:

Well Being

Your pediatrician needs to see if your child is healthy enough for camp. If your child has asthma, for instance, your pediatrician can recommend how often your child should rest during activities.

Puberty

Your pediatrician needs to see how your child is growing and if there are any issues with his or her development.

Preparing Your Child

Physicals might be scary for a child. Here’s how can you help.

Inform Your Child

Explain to your child exactly what’s going to happen at the physical, so they’re not left to their own imagination.

Ask Questions

Ask your child if they would like you present in the room during their physical. Encourage your child to discuss any concerns they may have with you.

Comfort Your Child

If your child would like you in the room, take the opportunity to comfort them during the appointment. Try not to speak over them if the doctor talks to them; this may make your child feel like they’re in trouble.

Need an Appointment?

Is your child heading off to camp this summer? Book a physical through Pediatrix.

Posted in Blog, Doctor Visits on June 4th, 2018