Back to School Physicals: Why They're More Important Now Than Ever

The back-to-school physical goes by many names, including annual wellness exam, annual well-child visit, and yearly check-up. However, no matter what you call it, a yearly visit to your pediatrician is a necessary appointment.

Most schools require an updated check of your child’s health. Regardless of whether you’re attending in person, with or without a mask, or attending school remotely, it’s essential to make sure your child is in good health.

The expert pediatric team at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA, a private pediatric practice with multiple locations around San Antonio, Texas, explains what happens during your child’s physical, and why one is more important than ever this year.

What happens at my child’s back-to-school physical?

The tests, screenings, and discussions that take place at your child’s physical depend on their age. However, the medical team records your child’s weight, blood pressure, and height at all physicals. 

In addition, your doctor makes sure your child is up to date on all recommended immunizations and is meeting all of the important developmental milestones.

One of the most critical parts of a physical is that it gives you a chance to ask your doctor any questions related to your child’s health, development, and mental well-being. Additionally, your doctor provides you with helpful advice, depending on your child’s age, on nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. 

Why is an annual physical so important?

An annual physical is always important because, as mentioned above, it’s usually required to attend school and is also often a requirement to play sports. 

However, this year, a back-to-school physical is especially important because you want to ensure that your child is healthy and ready for the school year. An annual physical is the best way to ensure that your child is physically and emotionally healthy to start school.

It’s vital to make sure your child is up to date on all of their immunizations and receives an annual flu shot to minimize their chances of getting sick. 

A child who is showing any sign of illness should be kept home. If symptoms are similar to what COVID-19 produces, your child should receive a COVID test. Staying home when sick is vital to stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

As the pandemic continues, it’s crucial that children and adults monitor their health and follow school protocols regarding masking and social distancing, especially if attending school in person. 

Are you ready to schedule your back-to-school physical? Call Northeast Pediatric Associates PA to make an appointment, or schedule one online through this website.

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