CareNow® - August 11, 2015
by CareNow

Each year when your child goes back to school, there are a number of things to check off the to-do list. One of the most important items to check off the list is your child’s back-to-school physical exam. Despite what most people think, athletes aren’t the only ones who need an exam at the beginning of the school year. Making sure your child is in perfect health before the school year begins should be one of your top priorities.

If your child wants to know what to expect from the exam, it will vary from physician to physician. However, a typical back-to-school exam will include a measurement of your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse and heart rate, followed by a check of the eyes, ears, nose and throat.

An annual exam is also important in order to track your child’s medical history. Whether it’s something like a minor food allergy or something as serious as a chronic illness that runs in the family, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor about this at least once a year so they can test for and track any changes.

When your child goes in for his or her exam, you will need to provide the doctor with a full list of medications your child takes. The doctor should document even something as minimal as daily vitamins or aspirin taken regularly.

In addition to a physical examination, your child’s doctor will assess him or her for behavioral issues, such as self-esteem trouble and attention span problems. Additionally, mental issues like depression and anxiety should be discussed if they are a concern.

If your child is in need of a back-to-school physical exam, contact your local CareNow for current business hours. CareNow doctors will make sure your child is healthy and ready to take on the school year!

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.