Time to Make Appointments For Your Children’s Physicals
For some parents, it may seem like school just ended for the summer. But even though you may be in the midst of summer reading lists, trips to the pool and time spent outside, the remainder of your summer days will fly by. Now is the time to make appointments for your children to have back-to-school physicals.
What to Expect at Your Child’s Physical
Annual physical exams are important to track your child’s development and overall health. Your doctor will check height and weight, pulse and blood pressure, as well as eyes, ears, nose, mouth, heart, lungs and abdomen. To ensure your child is where he or she needs to be developmentally, your doctor will also evaluate your child’s fine and gross motor skills and reflexes. In addition, your child will be screened for scoliosis and hernia.
The exam is a good time to ask any questions you may have about your child’s health, so be prepared to discuss any concerns with the doctor at the beginning of the appointment. Depending on your child’s age and level of maturity, the doctor may wish to speak with him or her alone and make sure any questions your child has are answered.
Why Schedule an Appointment Now?
By calling us today at 618-692-1212, you can make sure you get in to see the doctor in a timely manner. August is a busy month for physicals, and if you wait too long, we may not be able to schedule you before the school year begins.
For children participating in sports, you may need a doctor’s sign-off in order to be eligible; for some ages and schools, practices may start well before classes do. That means you don’t have much time to get your exam squeezed in amid the summer fun.
Because of how important an annual exam is to track your child’s growth and ensure there are no health issues, we encourage you to call now to schedule an appointment. That way, we can be sure to get you in to see the doctor before your child must head back to the classroom.