School physicals are wellness checkups performed before children start school. Some schools require school physicals before admission. Regular wellness checks are necessary for your school-going child’s proper physical and mental growth.
School physicals may help diagnose different physical and mental issues present in children so that proper treatment can be provided.
Why are school physicals are needed?
Following are some different reasons for school physicals:
- To screen for infectious diseases among children so that immediate medical treatment may be provided
- For vaccination of children against viral infections such as chickenpox, measles, and influenza.
- For ongoing maintenance of your child’s physical and mental health.
- To evaluate whether a child’s diet, sleep, physical fitness, and mental health are on par with the child’s age
- To determine whether it is safe for a child to participate in a sport.
What is included in school physicals?
The following are some items included in school physicals:
- Physical examination of the whole body, including different systems such as the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, and musculoskeletal system
- Mental health screening
- Eyesight and hearing checks
- Assessment of the students’ daily activities such as how much time they use for sports and social media
- Oral hygiene
Many schools have medical services on-site available for the prompt treatment of students when injuries occur. School physicals are more focused on the overall health, as well as ongoing well-being, of a child
In case of urgent medical care assistance, AfterOurs Urgent Care offers immediate telemedicine services, where medical providers are available to offer assistance. Anyone who experiences signs and symptoms requiring urgent medical attention can simply book their appointment with AfterOurs Urgent Care to directly talk to an expert. If your medical issue is not appropriate for telemedicine, we will let you know and refer you to an in-person facility.
When to visit a doctor:
See a medical provider if your child’s school requires a school physical.
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