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The Importance Of Back To School Physicals

happy-docThe thought of going back to the doctor because you are going back to school does not resonate well with many children and even some parents. However these back to school physicals are important because they give the doctor an opportunity to thoroughly examine your child’s ears, throat, heart, lungs and other parts of their body.

The pediatrician is also able to check growth parameter like height and weight to see if your child’s development is within the normal limits. Their immunization status is also evaluated to ensure they are up-to-date.

Screening tests like blood sugar, blood counts and cholesterol levels are also done during these visits. These are important because early detection of abnormal values can be corrected by dietary changes, while serious complications can develop if they remain undetected.

In addition to prescribing medications for children who need them, the doctor is also able to provide preventative counseling and wellness guidance for those who are found to be perfectly normal. Both groups of children also receive advice regarding exercising, sleeping, drinking, smoking, drugs and sexual activity.

The child also gets an opportunity to ask a medical professional any physical, social or emotional concerns they may have during these yearly back-to-school physicals.

Parents are also not left out since they can also voice any concerns they may have about their child’s health. They can also elicit the doctor’s support for good habits they may be trying to instill in their children. Therefore, even if your child seems perfectly healthy, schedule your annual back to school physical today.

Written by: Marian Kim, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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