The Importance of Back-to-School Physicals

Children spend the majority of their hours each day in school, and it’s important that they are healthy and physically ready to handle the challenges. Children's bodies are constantly growing and changing, so it’s especially necessary that they see a doctor at least once a year for a checkup. 

At First Choice Urgent Care, we provide you with school physicals for your children. Dr. Yadwinder Kang is highly experienced with decades of experience providing physicals. He’ll ensure you have a smooth and easy process and get all your questions answered. 

Why a back-to-school physical is important

Physical health

In order to function well in school, your child needs to be healthy. A basic medical examination can identify if your child has any physical problems that might need to be addressed. During the physical, your doctor takes down your child’s medical history, checks your child’s height and weight, blood pressure, heart, lymph nodes, muscles, skin, spine, and joints.

Mental health

A back-to-school physical is also an opportunity for your doctor to do a basic mental health screening for your child. This provides an opportunity for you, your child, and your doctor to discuss any emotional or behavioral problems that your child has been having that might impact their ability to function in school. Your doctor can provide an appropriate referral to a mental health specialist if needed.

Vaccines

With so many kids together in school, there is always the possibility that a child could come to school sick and spread a disease to the rest of the students. Therefore, most schools require that children have proof of appropriate vaccinations in order to protect themselves and others from a disease outbreak. 

Generally, children who are 4-5 years old need the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, the chickenpox vaccine, a DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) vaccine, and a polio booster shot. Students entering sixth grade usually need tetanus shots and pertussis booster shot, as well as meningitis and HPV (human papillomavirus) immunizations. Your doctor will review your child’s medical record to ensure they are up to date on all needed vaccines, and order any immunizations that are missing.

Eyesight and hearing

Being in school requires children to be able to see and hear instructions. School physicals also include a basic vision and hearing check to ensure that your child is able to hear and see well enough to function in an educational environment. If your doctor identifies any hearing or sight problems, he refers you to a specialist who can get your child glasses or a hearing aid.

A back to school physical is important to ensure your child is healthy and ready to learn. Call First Choice Urgent Care for your back to school physical by calling our office or booking online today!

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