School Physical Exam Clinic in El Paso, TX
School physicals are often necessary before the school year starts to ensure that your child has all the necessary vaccinations up-to-date, and any medical issues are inquired about and treated before the school year begins. Call us today to speak to one of our specialists at UCare Urgent Care, or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you on North Zaragoza Rd. in El Paso TX, and on Lee Trevino Dr. in El Paso TX.
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School physicals are an examination that is important for the school system to know your child’s health, as well as for your child. From childhood to adolescents, many varying changes can occur to the child’s height, weight, as well as other physical attributes. School physicals allow parents and the child’s doctor to ensure the child is on the right track to healthy development. School physical assessments will inquire about a few different things including:
• Health history
• Physical exam
• Advice & Guidance
While other aspects of back to school are also important, including ensuring your child has all of the school necessities like a backpack, writing utensils, and clothes, a school physical should also be on the list of top priority things to complete before school begins.
Annual school physicals are considered a requirement for many schools and states. The CDC highly recommends a yearly school physical to ensure that each child is up-to-date on their immunizations and to help prevent further disease at schools. Schools ensure the health and safety of your child, but they also ensure the health and safety of other children as well. While is why many schools and states require a school physical to be completed before the start of the school year.
Many physicians also recommend an annual school physical as it is important for them to know how your child has changed within the past year. While you may not think one year may bring many changes, it is quite a long time, particularly for children. Annual school physicals will help monitor your child’s growth, health status, and development, which are key to the prevention of potential future issues.
As stated previously, school physicals will consist of the following to update the child’s medical information:
• Medical history
During the school physical, our doctors will ask questions about your child’s medical history. The medical history part will help our doctors to keep an eye out for any patterns of chronic illness that can run in your family, and in certain cases, this information will help our doctors to allow for a faster diagnosis and decision-making during emergency situations when time really counts.
There are many deadly diseases out there that previously killed many children, but they are also highly preventable with immunizations. This is why, during our school physical exam appointment, our doctors will provide any necessary vaccinations that may be required for the school. Vaccinations are a part of the best means to protect your child against highly contagious and even deadly diseases. Research continues to show that children who are not vaccinated are at a much higher risk of getting sick than children who are vaccinated.
• Physical exam
Another part of the school physical exam is the actual physical exam part. This is when our doctors will complete a comprehensive check of your child’s body. During this part, we will record the child’s weight, height, blood pressure, and pulse readings, as well as check your child’s heart, lungs, abdomen, skin, ears, nose, eyes, mouth, throat, and teeth.
• Advice and guidance
Finally, the last part of the physical exam will provide you to answer any questions you may have, seek out medical advice, or for our doctors to provide medical advice, and answers to anything deemed necessary to help the child. Our doctors may also go over safety and health issues, nutrition, disease prevention, and physical fitness. Another area the doctor may inquire about and provide information on is the difficulties that can be incurred at school, learning issues, behavioral problems, and other concerns.
Yes, our urgent care performs school physicals for students needing them before returning back to school for the year. Contact us to schedule your school physical before school starts today! We serve patients from El Paso TX, Lee Trevino Drive TX, Fort Bliss TX, Mission Valley TX, Resler Canyon TX, Alfalfa TX, Montwood TX, and Horizon City TX.