What to Expect at My Child’s School Physical?

All physical examinations at Angels Medical follow roughly the same protocol year in and year out so that a consistent baseline is established for your child’s health history. In both a sports physical and a back-to-school physical you can expect these five stages of the examination to take place:

  1. Vital Signs: A nurse will take your child’s vital signs. None of these procedures is invasive or complicated, and all provide strong indicators of your child’s overall health. Your child will sit in a chair and have a plastic device placed on their finger to measure oxygen levels while a nurse will measure their heart rate and blood pressure, and take their temperature.

  2. Measurements: Next your child is going to be weighed and their height will be measured, this is not only for the fun of seeing how much your child has grown, but also to determine their body mass index or BMI. The BMI is a generic measurement of where your child falls in the expected growth patterns for their age. It can help indicate general health and you will see how your child’s size compares to their peers.

  3. Discussion: Now it’s time to talk to the family physician, pediatrician, or nurse who will ask lots of questions and answer any questions you have about their growth or concerns with their health. This is an essential step as we consider ourselves partners in your child’s health and care very much about supporting you in giving your child the best care.

  4. The Physical Exam: Next comes the thorough physical examination where the doctor will look your child over from head to toe inspecting their ears, eyes, mouth, listen to their heart and lungs, and check their general wellbeing. If there’s anything you’re concerned about the physician will make sure to give extra attention to these points. Then they’ll discuss with you anything you should be aware of or any further care that might be needed.

  5. Immunizations: Finally, before going to school it is important for your child to make sure they are up to date on their immunizations. Immunizations are essential milestones of protection in your child’s development as they offer immeasurable support for their immune defense and protection for your child and those they come in contact with.

    Getting your child’s immunizations will provide extra defense against serious and sometimes fatal diseases like mumps, measles, rubella, polio, and rotavirus. We understand that this is a topic with many opinions attached and hope if you have any questions you will take time to discuss them with your pediatrician.

That’s what to expect from your child’s school physical. Now you’re prepared and you can help your child feel prepared so they can have a great experience with their pediatric provider and comfortably satisfy the standards that schools require to enroll your child.

For answers to other commonly asked questions parents have about child physicals visit our article, “8 Frequently Asked Questions About Back To School Physicals”.