School Physicals

Friday, July 19, 2013

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 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 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.