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Back-To-School Physicals

Now is the time to start planning for the next school year as most schools require a physical exam within six months prior to entrance into kindergarten.

School physicals are a great time to talk with your pediatrician about any health, development, or growth concerns you may have.  During your child's kindergarten physical, your pediatrician will:

  • Review his immunization record
  • Check his height and weight
  • Perform a full developmental assessment
  • Screen your child's vision and hearing
  • Test his hemoglobin level
  • Check a urine sample
  • Perform a thorough physical exam
  • Discuss safety issues
  • Provide anticipatory guidance regarding nutrition, sleep, and behavior

You will receive a form from your school that you should bring to the appointment.  Your pediatrician will fill out the needed information regarding the physical exam and any health concerns regarding your child as well as attach your child's immunization record.

It is a good idea to talk with your soon-to-be kindergartener before the exam so he knows what to expect.

Beyond kindergarten, your pediatrician will want to see your child at least every other year until adolescence and yearly during adolescence.  Your pediatrician will discuss any immunizations needed prior to seventh grade and upon graduation from high school.

Appointments for school physicals have a tendency to fill up fast so give your pediatrician a call well in advance.

By Mara P. Paradis, M.D. - Boys Town Pediatrics