When your child plans on taking part in a new physical activity — a sport, a new job, or even going off to camp or college — you want to feel confident that they are physically healthy to do so. And in many cases, so does the team or organization they're joining. NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine in Springfield and Woodbridge, Virginia, offers physical exams to certify your child’s health. Schedule a physical exam today — call the office or book online.
As your child gets older, they may wish to take part in sports or a camp. These activities are physical and place certain demands on those taking part. To reduce the risk of injury, many teams and organizations require participants to have a physical exam assessing their health and well-being performed by a medical professional.
A physical exam may also be a requirement when starting a new job or going off to college.
But your child doesn't have to be doing anything overly active to benefit from a physical. Once your child reaches their teenage years, their body starts to grow and develop in all kinds of new ways. An annual physical ensures they remain in good health throughout.
There are two parts to a physical exam, and parents or guardians can be present for both of them.
Your pediatrician asks about your child's medical history and that of their family members. They want to know of any past serious illness or injuries your child may have had, any allergies, and whether they're currently taking any medication.
They'll also ask about previous surgeries or hospital stays, whether your child currently has any suspicious symptoms, as well as any health conditions that run in the family.
During the physical, the provider measures your child's weight and height and takes their blood pressure. They listen to your child's heart and lungs, feel their abdomen, and look into their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Depending on the physical requirements, your child may need a vision screening or give a urine sample, too.
A physical exam is nothing to worry about and ensures your child is healthy and well enough to enjoy their activity.
It's best to bring as much information as you can to your child's physical exam so that their doctor has as much vital information as they need. Consider bringing with you:
It may also help to write down your questions beforehand so you don't forget them during your appointment.
Call NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine to schedule your child's physical exam or request an appointment online.