Between winter colds and springtime sprains, you may feel as if you qualify for frequent-flier status at your child’s pediatrician’s office. But while your child may have had ample face time with the doctor this year, don’t forget to schedule an annual physical exam.
Dubbed “well-child” visits, these physicals are about more than weight checks or getting the OK to play soccer. The doctor can assess your child’s development, nutrition and fitness; screen for illnesses or conditions; and counsel on emotional problems, learning difficulties and puberty.
Bring a list of questions or concerns and encourage your child, if old enough, to do the same. During an annual checkup, the doctor:
Yearly physicals offer a chance for your child to build a trusting relationship with another adult and establish a lifetime of healthy habits.
It’s not too early to start thinking about the next school year!
Spring and summertime is when you should schedule your child’s back-to-school and sports physicals. The State Department of Public Instruction sets the wellness exam requirements for school-age children, starting at the 4K level. At this type of well-child visit, your child’s physician will record your child’s height, weight, and blood pressure, and conduct a physical exam and vision test. If your child is due for any vaccinations, WIAA sports physicals, or other age-appropriate developmental screening questionnaires, those tests will take place as well. Your child’s back-to-school exam is also the perfect time to discuss any other health and wellness concerns with your child’s doctor.
For more information about family wellness with Fort HealthCare, visit FortHealthCare.com/FamilyWellness.