Pediatric Physical Examination
A physical examination, also known as a routine physical or medical check-up, is recommended for children of all ages. It is an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about a child's development and health.
Questions typically asked of the doctor during a well visit may include some of the following:
- Toilet training methods
- Sleep patterns
- Socialization issues
- Learning problems
- Family problems
- Concerns about puberty
- Behavioral issues
By sharing concerns with the pediatrician and working to resolve any problems that the parent may have, a trusting relationship is established that will continue for a long time.
During the Visit
During a routine physical, the doctor will perform a complete physical examination to monitor growth and development as well as detect any changes or abnormalities. Immunizations may be administered as well.
Some of the following may be conducted:
- An assessment of the child's growth and development
- Physical examination
- Immunization update
- Blood test
- Blood pressure
- Respiration rate
A schedule for routine well-care visits will be provided in the office during your child's first well exam.
A school physical is a thorough medical examination that is often required for students by state law. Conducted annually, these well-care visits involve taking a detailed medical and family history that is then usually recorded on a form from the school.
The physical examination typically includes:
- Recording height and weight
- Checking blood pressure and pulse
- Vision and hearing tests
- Heart, lungs, abdomen, ear, nose and throat examination
- Evaluating posture, strength and flexibility
If any immunizations are necessary, they may be provided during the school/sports physical as well.
There is a $5 - $10 charge for school/sports forms depending on the form (school forms can only be completed if the patient has had a physical within the year). The normal processing time for form completion is 1 week.
This is an appointment for sick children. We have walk in hours from 8:00 am until 8:45 am Monday through Friday for patients who have recently become sick or injured. Additionally, appointments can be made for the same day by calling any of our offices.
Although minor illnesses and injuries do not often develop into serious conditions, our doctors and nurse practitioner are available to treat conditions such as:
- Ear infections and pain
- Sore throat
- Pink eye
- Minor Lacerations
- Minor Burns
- Suture Removal
- Other Concerns
Our providers are specially trained in treating chronic conditions such as ADHD, asthma, allergies, eczema and acne. We work together with families to educate them on the most current disease information and encourage them to maintain a healthy home lifestyle. We encourage families' involvement with treatment of chronic illnesses in order to offer support and understanding for the child.
When traveling, especially abroad, individuals may be exposed to certain viruses, bacteria or parasites that they would not have come into contact with at home. Therefore, it is important to prepare for a trip with a visit to the physician in case any vaccinations need to be administered. We have MOST TRAVEL VACCINES AVAILABLE.
Children with behavior problems often cause concern among parents as they may not be able to handle certain disruptive or inappropriate behaviors. A behavioral consultation allows our doctor to observe your child's natural activity and interaction, as well as interview the parents, or other involved adults, in order to assess behavior and develop a solution.
Consultations can be performed at any age, but are most common among school-age children. Your doctor will work together with you and your child in order to develop an individualized treatment plan that will be followed through and monitored by subsequent consultations.
Proper diet and exercise are essential to maintaining good health. Keeping the body at a healthy weight and following a regimen of physical activity have been proven to improve mood, quality of life and longevity and to go a long way in preventing or controlling many serious illnesses. Obesity, which has now reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and which is an enemy of good health, can be kept at bay through physical fitness and good eating habits.