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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

Calming Your Child for Immunizations

Needles, shots, immunizations, vaccinations, and all of the above can be scary experiences for children. Even some adults are uncomfortable with sharp metal poking through their skin. Taking your child to the doctor for immunizations can often lead to crying fits. There are ways to comfort your child before and during their shot.

Before

Explain

Talk openly and honestly to your child about vaccinations and immunizations. Explain what they’re used for and how beneficial they are. A child is more likely to be afraid of an immunization shot if they don’t understand what’s happening. Teach your child how important immunization is and why they need it. Use language they can understand.

During

Distract

While your child is getting their shot, use various methods to distract them and take their focus off the pain. Try to encourage your child to not look at the needle, especially when it pierces the skin. Here are some examples of distraction methods:

  • Bring a toy with you to the doctor’s office. Allow your child to play with the toy as they’re getting their shot.
  • If you have a smartphone, show your child a funny or interesting video to capture their attention.
  • Ask your child a question about their favorite T.V. show or book. Have the child explain the answer as they get the shot. Be sure to pick something that they talk excitedly about frequently.

After

Reward

Try to take our child out for a small, affordable treat after the immunization. It’s important to associate positive experiences with immunizations so your child relates shots with rewards. We recommend promising your child before getting their immunization to take them out, so they have something to look forward to.

Shots are scary, but important. Does your child need immunizations or vaccinations? Contact Pediatrix and request an appointment.

Posted in Blog, Doctor Visits, Shots on May 2nd, 2018