Childrenís Physicals
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The first day of school is just around the corner and besides new clothes and school supplies, your child could use a yearly physical examination as well. Dr. Edward Hill discusses annual childhood physicals in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

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

By school age, children usually arenít 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 isnít eating or sleeping enough, or that he or she seems uncoordinated. Itís 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. Donít forget the physician visit as a part of pre-school preparation.

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