What are School Physicals?
It’s important that children are as healthy as possible when they go to school. A school physical is recommended every year (or every two years) to ensure that your child is up-to-date on vaccinations and that their growth pattern is staying consistent. Your child’s overall health will be assessed through these types of non-invasive tests:
- Height and weight
- Blood pressure
- Pulse/heart rate
- Eyes, ears, nose and mouth/throat
These appointments are a way for your child’s doctor to establish a baseline of their overall health, learn about past injuries/surgeries/hospitalizations and then continue to monitor any changes that occur over time. If you know of any family history of medical conditions or diseases, share those with your child’s doctor. Preventative screenings may be recommended. If your child is suffering from any type of emotional distress or mental health issues, this can also be addressed, treated and monitored during the school physical.
Some school districts require vaccinations before entering certain grades at school. Your doctor can provide the necessary immunizations and provide you with the paperwork to supply to the school.
A school physical can be performed by your pediatrician, family doctor, a physician’s assistant or even an advanced registered nurse. Depending on the age of your child, you may be asked to leave the exam room for a few minutes so the doctor can discuss personal information such as signs of puberty or sexual activity. Your child may be more forthcoming with important information if you are not in the room.
Westgate Family Physicians are a team of family doctors in Spartanburg, SC, that provide school physicals. If you would like to schedule a school physical in Spartanburg for your child, contact us at (864) 574-0070 or click here to make an appointment. We will do everything possible to make this appointment a positive experience for both you and your child.