School Physicals

Get Kindergarten Ready with School Physicals

It’s the beginning of the school year and children entering kindergarten will require a school physical. School physicals generally include the completion of a physical form, an immunization form and a medication form for your child’s pediatrician to fill out. School physicals are crucial because they arm the school with the knowledge they need about your child, including any existing major medical problems or limitations in your child’s physical abilities that affect their participation in gym or necessitate assistance. In addition, a medication form provides school personnel with the ability to give your child medications that they need on a regular basis or might require in an emergency. Especially for children with asthma, serious food allergies or seizures, such permission is crucial.

Making Physicals Child’s Play

For children entering kindergarten especially, school physicals provide insight into a number of things about your child. During these examinations, doctors can determine your child’s readiness for kindergarten in ways that you might not have considered, such as their conversation skills and their ability to follow directions. The doctor also gauges their knowledge of basics like the alphabet and being able to count. If you’re the parent in the room during a school physical, you should also be expected to give the rundown on specifics relating to your child’s health on the whole including details about their diet, their sleep habits and their activity level. This gives the doctor the ability to better recommend steps you should take to keep your child healthy and safe during the upcoming school year and promote their proper mental and physical development. They’ll likely advise you on things such as media time, active playtime, proper use of car seats and nutrition.

Check Off the Check-Up

As you might expect with the phrase “school physical,” you’ll also want to prepare your child for a complete head-to-toe examination. The nurse checks your child’s height and weight, checks blood pressure and pulse and monitors other vital signs. There will also be a vision screening to determine visual ability by identifying letters or shapes at certain distances as well as a hearing test. School physical exams usually include a test of their reflexes, palpating several places on the body, listening to your child’s lungs and even requesting that the child walk on their tiptoes and balance on one foot. The physical will also run a quick check of their ears, nose and throat and evaluate your child’s posture, joints, strength and flexibility.

You’ll also need their school vaccinations updated, and you may want to check into having a blood test run to see if your child is anemic or shows signs of lead exposure. There are additional screening tests that prove helpful in providing a full picture of your child’s health, as well, including a urinalysis to check for diabetes, a blood test to determine the presence of heightened blood fats and a tuberculosis skin test.

The Importance of Annual School Physicals

Annual school physicals are helpful in ensuring that a child is up-to-date on their vaccines to protect against serious diseases that could endanger their health or the health of their classmates, their friends or other members of the community. These exams also provide valuable information about your child’s overall health and monitor any conditions that need attention at the same time as they track the progress of your child’s growth and development. Additionally, physicals are important for identifying necessary actions that can improve your child’s wellness as they grow.

Get in the Game with Sports Physicals

As your child joins in sports programs, a sports physical will better determine their physical wellness and gauge whether it’s safe for them to participate in certain sports. Most states make it a requirement that children and teens have sports physicals before allowing them to start a new sport or playing each season. Sports physicals include a medical history and a physical exam much like those run during a school physical.

A+ Care, A+ School Physicals

At ProHealth, we make serving the medical needs of our community our top priority and take the time to attend to each patient with the same level of dedication. The health of each member of the families in the communities we serve is important to us. Because we realize that juggling a full schedule and taking care of a family leaves little time to spend on medical care, we make it as affordable, convenient and simple as possible. At our Airport, Gulf Breeze, Fort Walton and Milton locations, we provide school physicals as well as a range of care including:

Contact your local ProHealth clinic to learn more about the school physicals we offer today!