Childrens Physicals

Monday, July 26, 2010

You might think of taking your child to a doctor as something you do only when he or she is sick. But annual checkups are a cornerstone of disease prevention and assessment of physical development for young children. Dr. Edward Hill explains why regular checkups are important for growing healthy children 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 a physician 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 determine whether children are growing and developing as they should, and your doctor can pick up on any 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 or she 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 preparation.

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