Why Are Physicals Important To your Child's Health?
By Pediatrics of Central Florida
January 31, 2019
Category: Child Care
Tags: Physicals  

Children need physicals for many reasons. Schools typically require physicals upon entering certain grades. Physicals are often also required for participation in sports. Even if your child does does not need a physical for sports or the particular grade he or she is entering, an annual physical is still important for assessing and monitoring your child’s overall health and development. Pediatrics of Central Florida is your pediatric office for all types of children’s physicals in Kissimmee, FL.

What is a Physical?

Physicals are important to your child’s health for several reasons. Both annual and school physicals give your child’s pediatrician a chance to assess your child’s overall health and determine where your child is at with meeting developmental milestones. Physicals also give the pediatrician an opportunity to identify potential health concerns, as well as ensure your child’s immunizations are all up to date. Sports physicals allow the doctor to verify your child is in good physical health and can safely participate in sports.

The pediatrician will check several aspects of your child’s health and wellness during a physical, such as your child’s vision and hearing. The pediatrician or a nurse is also likely to ask about such things as allergies, medications, dietary habits, how active your child is on a daily basis, and family medical history. The exam portion of the physical is likely to include checking your child in the following areas:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Reflexes
  • Blood pressure
  • Pulse or heart beat
  • Lungs and breathing
  • Abdomen

Physicals are important to your child’s health for many reasons. They allow the doctor to assess your child’s overall health, identify potential concerns, ensure developmental milestones are being met, ensure immunizations are up to date, and clear your child for participation in sports. For children’s physicals in Kissimmee, contact Pediatrics of Central Florida by calling (407) 846-3455 for the Oak Street location or (407) 933-5985 for the office on Cypress Parkway. Offices are also located in Orlando, (407) 857-2816, and St. Cloud, (407) 891-0479.