What to Expect From a Back-to-School Physical

iStock_74620519_LARGE.jpgWhile school physicals may not be at the top of the back-to-school checklist, it’s a crucial part of your child’s heath care. In fact, physicals are required by many school systems as a prerequisite for participating in certain activities. If your child has concerns about what their back-to-school physical will entail, it’s smart to fill them in on what they can expect to help calm their nerves.

  • Routine Physical: In order to document your child’s progress the past year, the nurse will measure their height and weight, blood pressure and pulse. Additionally, the provider will check your child’s heart, abdomen, lymph nodes, skin, eyes, ears, nose and throat.
  • Review of Medical History: Your child’s medical history will also be updated during the physical and the provider will usually want to discuss any medications he or she is taking or has previously taken. You will likely be asked about any illnesses, surgeries or hospital visits your child has experienced the past yeas as well.
  • Printed Assessment: Before you leave the doctor’s office or clinic, you should receive an updated report of your child’s stats and immunization records for yourself and the school to keep on file.

Physicals vary from school to school, but most local doctor’s offices will often have your school’s physical form on file. Open late into the evening and on the weekends, Denton Regional Urgent Care makes it easy to get a school physical at your convenience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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