What you need to know about Physicals:
As your children grow, they are closely monitored by our team at Peekaboo Pediatrics to ensure they hit all their developmental and growth milestones. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children over the age of three come in for a well child or physical exam from their pediatrician once a year. Older children who begin playing sports for their schools typically also require medical clearance and an up to date physical in order to participate.
What is a school physical?
A physical will first consist of our nurses taking measurements of your child's height, weight and blood pressure. Additionally, Dr. Thakkar and Dr. Pankaj may also check your child's eyes, flexibility, heart and lungs, ears, nose, and throat, and feel for abdominal abnormalities. We may also administer any necessary vaccinations required by the school or recommended for your child's age.
Why is a school physical necessary?
Some schools or sports teams require that your child undergo a routine physical examination by their pediatrician before admitting them. Children go through many physical and developmental changes in their early years, making properly monitoring these changes important to your child’s health. A routine school physical rules out any major health concerns and helps us to catch any problems early.
If your child’s school or sports team requires a school physical before admittance, our team at Peekaboo Pediatrics can help you ensure your child meets all of the necessary requirements. Most physicals take only a few minutes and provide a clean bill of health for peace of mind in addition to school requirements. Physicals also help doctors ensure that your child has all their correct vaccinations to protect against various diseases.
For more information on school physicals, please contact your child’s pediatrician at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX. Call (713) 861-4800 to schedule your child’s appointment today!