The new school year is just around the corner and you have a million things
to do. One of the most important is your child’s yearly pediatric
well-child visit. Saint Francis Healthcare recommends a yearly back-to-school
physical to establish your child’s health history and identify any
issues before their big day. We also want to remind you that physical
examinations are required for all Delaware students entering kindergarten, 9th grade or anyone entering public school for the first in the 2017-2018
A yearly physical establishes your child’s long-term health history,
according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Your child’s checkup
includes monitoring of vital signs such as blood pressure and heart rate.
The family practitioner updates any vaccinations your child needs for
the upcoming school year so you can check off those boxes on the school’s
required vaccines form for his or her age group. The yearly physical is also a good time
to voice any emotional, developmental or social concerns. As your child
transitions to puberty, his or her doctor will discuss any questions your
child might have about drinking, smoking, drugs, sexual activity or depression.
If your child is an athlete, no doubt they get a sports-specific exam through
their school. However, that’s not enough, according to the American
Academy of Pediatrics. A thorough physical exam addresses your child’s
overall health as well as any sports related issues such as injuries,
nutrition, training or exercise programs. The doctor will review any past
illnesses or injuries that you and your child will need to mention on
their sports physical questionnaire.
Family Medicine team at Saint Francis Healthcare is here to schedule your child’s back-to-school
Call 302.421.4141 to make an appointment.