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When your child gets a school or sports physical, it’s an important way to prevent illness and injury. You want your child to stay healthy, so they don’t have to miss out on important school events and learning opportunities. The pediatricians at 7 Days Pediatrics offer a wide range of pediatric services, including school and sports physicals. They have several convenient office locations in Edison, and South Plainfield, New Jersey to help your child stay healthy.
When your child has a school physical, the doctor will record general information including your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. This information will serve as a baseline to compare with future visits. Current medical issues, recent illnesses or injuries, medications, allergies, and any hospitalizations will also be recorded. The doctor may also ask for your family medical history. In addition to examining your child, the school physical also includes checking your child’s breathing, eyes, nose, throat, and ears, along with checking eyesight and hearing.
If your child wants to play a sport, they will need a sports physical. During the sports physical, your child’s reflexes, strength, and flexibility will be tested. In addition, the doctor will want to know if your child has experienced any harmful symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness during physical activity. These could be early signs of potential problems later on.
The school physical and sports physical are both excellent opportunities for your child’s doctor to make sure your child is current on immunizations. Immunizations are required for your child to attend school, and they are also the first line of defense against serious illnesses like the flu, meningitis, the measles, and others. Immunizations also help keep you, your family, teachers, and students protected against disease.
Keep your child protected against illness and injury by scheduling a school or sports physical soon. To find out more about the importance of school and sports physicals, call the pediatricians at 7 Days Pediatrics, with offices in Edison, and South Plainfield, New Jersey. Call today.
Your child is eager to start the school year so they can participate in sports. That’s great news! Keeping your child active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and sports can be a great experience for many children; however, it’s also important that your child’s pediatrician performs a yearly sports physical to make sure that they are ready for physical activity.
A sports physical is necessary for every child regardless of their current health. In fact, some schools make it mandatory for children to get an annual sports physical before they participate in any school sports. Regardless of whether this physical is mandatory or not, it’s highly advised that all children get a sports physical once a year.
Your child’s sports physical will involve going through their medical history and conducting a physical examination. The physical examination is pretty self-explanatory. We will check their vitals, as well as their height and weight. We will perform a vision test and evaluate everything from their heart and respiratory system to their musculoskeletal system. The goal of a physical exam is to make sure that your child hasn’t incurred any past injuries or developed any health problems that could be exacerbated by physical activity.
A pediatrician can also answer questions and provide counseling on nutrition, healthy weight loss or gain, and habits that could help your child’s physical health. Remember to bring any questions along with you.
Besides the physical examination, we will also sit down with you and your child and ask questions about their medical history. It’s important to be as detailed as possible. If it’s the first time they are having a sports physical it’s important to bring in a list of any supplements or medications (both over-the-counter or prescription) that they are currently taking.
We will ask a series of questions to find out if there are any serious or chronic health problems that run in the family, if your child has experienced any past injuries, if they’ve ever undergone surgery or been hospitalized, if they have any allergies or if they have any current disorders or illnesses. It’s important to provide as much detailed history as possible so that our pediatric team can perform a thorough and comprehensive physical.
Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your child’s sports physical. It’s important to get your child on the books before the summer is gone and the doctor’s schedule fills up. You don’t want your child being benched during the season because they didn’t get a sports physical. Call your pediatrician today.