It’s that time of year when we start thinking about backpacks, pencils, and of course, back-to-school physicals!
Who should get a school physical?
It’s a good idea for every child to visit their doctor once a year for a physical, or annual wellness exam. If your child participates in extracurricular activities, a sports physical is a requirement. (A sports physical is more limited than a school physical, but they can be combined into a single visit.)
What is involved in a school physical?
A school physical is a comprehensive check-up for your child that includes:
- Reviewing their health history
- Doing any lab tests or immunizations as needed
- Vision and hearing screening
- A complete physical exam (height, weight, blood pressure, etc)
- Advice regarding diet and exercise, and any other relevant concerns
The doctor will need to sign off on any necessary forms required by the school, so be sure to have them available and completed at your appointment.
When should I schedule a school physical?
Don’t wait until school starts! Beat the back-to-school rush and try to schedule at least 4 weeks ahead of time. In and Out Express Care provides school, camp, and sports physicals, and we treat children as young as two years old. If you need a school physical for your child, don’t delay — come in to one of our four urgent care locations in Hampton Roads today.