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What are some benefits of back-to-school physicals for my child?

With the school year fast approaching, it’s time to make sure your child gets their annual physical. Not only do many schools require children to get a physical exam, but these exams help address medical concerns and lower overall stress during the year. Here are some of primary benefits of scheduling a back to school physical for your child. 

Preventative Care

Getting preventative care as your child develops can help prevent health problems later on in life. Your child’s doctor will get to know you both so they can give relevant care and advice, given your lifestyles. Your pediatrician will also perform a variety of routine tests, which helps them catch any problems as early as possible. 

Development Checks

It’s important that your child is growing and developing at a rate that is appropriate given their age and gender. Your annual physical is an ideal time to check in on this and make sure that your child is on track for a long, healthy life. If there are any concerns, your doctor can address this by prescribing medication and recommending further treatment. By catching problems early, you can take care of them quickly, ensuring a more productive learning environment for your child. 

Medical Vaccinations and Health Review

Your child must get their vaccinations every year to prevent the spread of diseases. Since your child is going to be near so many other kids for most of their day, preventing the spread of illness should be a big concern. Your doctor will do a comprehensive review of your child’s entire health, which can help both of you stay informed as you head into the new semester. 

Helps School Staff to Prevent Medical Issues

When your children are at school, their teachers and other school staff are responsible for keeping them safe. After a physical, you can bring your child’s medical information directly to their school, and inform them about the best ways to handle any medical conditions. The exam is also used to help them effectively handle any injuries or illnesses that might come up. Close communication between parents, kids, and school staff is crucial to a safe and healthy environment at school. 

If school is fast approaching and you are unsure of where to get a physical, consider visiting your local urgent care center. They provide affordable and comprehensive physicals, and they are also very accessible, particularly if you don’t have much time to get a physical done.