Routine Physicals: Why They Are Important For Children
The Importance of Routine Physicals
During routine physicals, medical professionals fully inspect a child’s state of health and track their growth rate to help ensure they are growing up healthy. Routine Physicals also prevent illness & are key in detecting serious conditions before they become too far gone. They can also help prevent the spread of germs to other children, whether at school or in extracurricular activities, because of their preventative nature.
Routine physicals are more thorough than the quick check-up that children receive when they are sick. This is because the pediatrician has more time to inspect the child’s whole state of health since the child feeling well and behaving normally.
Routine Physicals: The Examination
During routine physicals, the pediatrician will be examining the child by:
- Recording their height and weight
- Taking their pulse & measuring their heart rate
- Checking their eyes, nose and ears for infection or illness
- Taking the child’s temperature
- Administering preventative vaccinations to protect your child from future illness
- Additional health and mental ability tests
These tests and vaccinations are necessary to track a child’s current state of health as well as tracking their growth.
If you know your child will be receiving vaccinations during their physical, make sure to avoid telling them about the needle until they are at the appointment so the child does not panic or get too nervous. Also, if your child has a fear of doctors, or is nervous about the process as a whole, try to pep-talk them before arriving. You can do this by saying, “Are you excited to see Dr. Smith?” or, “Isn’t Dr. Smith so nice? She’ll let you pick a treasure out of the treasure box after your visit.” More often than not, if the parent remains positive and maintains a calm energy towards the child before, during and after the visit, their child will mimic the behavior and remain calm.
Why Are Physicals Required for Schools & Sports?
Schools are one of the easiest places for germs to spread. This is because of the volume of people touching & interacting with common surfaces. Because of this potential for the spread of illness, it is important for a child to be vaccinated prior to this level of exposure. Preventative vaccinations occur during routine physicals.
Routine Physicals also help determine the child’s physical ability. Examination of a child’s physical capability helps to ensure they are safe and able to engage in the amount of physical activity demanded by the sports or activity. A physical examination is also the time for a pediatrician to educate the child, and their parents, on how to stay healthy and physically fit by practicing caertain safety routines before and during certain physical activities.
Are Routine Physicals for Adults?
Routine physicals are not requires as often for adults as they are for children. This is because adults are done growing and simply need to monitor their health over the long term. As a rule of thumb, however, adults should see their at least once a year for a wellness visit. Parents should also keep up with yearly vaccinations so they do not catch and spread any illness or germs to their children and those around them. Not to mention, if children see their parents making their health a priority, they may feel motivated to make theirs a priority as well.
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