When was the last time you went to the doctor for a physical? It may have been a while — probably longer ago than it should have been. When was the last time your child had a physical? We hope it’s been within the past year! Annual physicals are important for growing kids, especially for those who plan to participate in sports, and Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado is happy to provide the pediatric preventative care your family needs. Call today to make your next appointment!

Why Physicals Matter

Keep Your Child Healthy

An annual physical provides a great opportunity to gather information on their health and development. Your doctor can look for signs of any potential serious illnesses, and you have a chance to discuss any questions or concerns you have about your child’s health. This yearly checkup is an essential part of pediatric preventative care!

Be Prepared for the Sports Season

One reason many parents and guardians are better at scheduling physicals for their kids than for themselves is because schools, sports teams, and summer camps often require a child to have a current physical on file before they are allowed to participate. Regardless of the rules, there are a lot of benefits to scheduling a physical for your child before they jump into a new season!

A sports physical is a good way to ensure that your child is ready for vigorous activity. Your doctor will have a chance to identify possible risk factors, and they can offer advice on how to avoid injuries.

What to Expect

Whether you schedule a physical to fulfill school or sports team requirements or you’re just making an investment in pediatric preventative care, the process will largely be the same. Any physical will include questions about your child’s current health and your family medical history, as well as a physical examination.

Your child’s pediatrician will record measurements like their height, weight, and blood pressure, they will perform a vision test. They will also examine and evaluate your child’s:

  • Ears, nose, and throat
  • Abdomen
  • Heart and lung function
  • Posture
  • Joints
  • Mobility and flexibility

If there are any serious illnesses among your immediate family members, your child’s pediatrician should be informed. You should also report your child’s medications, allergies, and if they have any ongoing illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, or epilepsy. Inform your child’s pediatrician if:

  • Your child was recently hospitalized
  • Your child recently underwent surgery
  • Your child has experienced serious injuries in the past, such as bone fractures or concussions
  • Your child experiences chest pain, dizziness, or trouble breathing during exercise

Call Today to Make an Appointment!

You should schedule a physical at least once a year for your child. If you need a sports physical on record for their school or sports team, then make sure you schedule it early to beat the summer rush! We recommend scheduling a sports physical at least six weeks before the season starts to leave time for any necessary follow-up appointments. Contact Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado today to get started!