Children's Physicals

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Routine physicals allow pediatricians to assess your childs growth and development, as well as check his or her weight and other physical, emotional or social health concerns. Dr. Edward Hill discusses childhood physicals in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Between shopping for school supplies and new clothes, remember to schedule time for your childs back-to-school or sports physical.

By school age, children usually arent sick as often as when they are younger, so we may not get a chance to see them but once a year. Doctors can gain valuable information from a head-to-toe physical. It helps us determine whether children are growing and developing as they should, and we can pick up on problems that children may be having.

Checkups offer parents a good opportunity to ask questions. You may think your child isnt eating or sleeping enough, or that he seems uncoordinated. Its a good idea to bring a list of your concerns with you. Older children need time alone with the physician to privately ask any questions they may have.

Most pediatricians recommend annual checkups between ages 2 and 18. Some children may need to be seen more often. Dont forget the physician visit as a part of pre-school.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.