As a responsible parent, one has a few items on their back-to-school checklist. The items on the list could be: buying supplies for school, checking the child’s homework, making an appointment for your child’s doctor’s checkup. While it doesn’t rank as something that needs to be done promptly, a scheduled physical exam by a qualified doctor is an important part of your child's health well-being. The back-to-school season is a convenient time for putting the doctor’s visit on your schedule as it will help you keep tabs on the visits.
During the check-up the doctor will check your child’s:
- Mouth and Teeth
- Ears, Nose, and Throat
- Lungs and Heart
- Abdomen and other major organs
Depending on your child's age, the physician might also check for gross-motor development, fine-motor development, and reflexes.
The routine exams will often depend on your child's age, but if you are planning to get a health insurance plan, you will need to have your kids examined. You have the option to follow the doctor’s advice for additional tests if the medical practitioner believes there is a reason to order these to check your child’s health. The continuity of regular physical exams is of great importance to all parties involved. Having the medical history for your child gives the doctor a detailed history of the of the child's health progress and development over the documented period. This helps the doctor formulate the way forward in instances of emerging problems and will let him know of important past illnesses or injuries the child may forget to mention during the consultation. Medical history is also important to the school as it will help the medical practitioners present at your child’s school know what to do in case of a medical emergency.
If your child is joining a school, the school entry form will generally ask whether all vaccinations are up-to-date. Since the doctor will have accurate records, he can assist you in filling out these forms
When taking your child for the examination be sure to carry your child’s immunization records and a list of any medications your child takes, including over the counter medicines. Aside from your child taking these tests, this is also the perfect time for you to discuss various concerns with the doctor. Your concerns as a parent could range from discussing the child’s sexual activity and abuse of drugs. As we can see the concerns also vary depending on the age of the child. The visit will also give you the chance to make sure your child does not miss any days when school starts. This is because the doctor’s visit will help determine some diseases before they affect the child’s health.
The visit will also give you the chance to have your child immunized against the common diseases. These diseases include:
- Chickenpox- depending on your child’s age.
- Hepatitis A and B
Schedule your child's back to school physical exam today with Sunset Walk-In Healthcare.
Sunset Walk-In Healthcare is pleased to announce that we are accepting new General Practice patients at Sunset Walk-In Healthcare in West Hollywood, CA. New patients with Covered California and other PPO insurance plans who want Dr. Foster as their primary care physician [PCP] are always welcomed at Sunset Walk-In Healthcare! Let our friendly front desk know if you are registering as a General Practice new patient!