It’s that time of year again, getting children ready to start a new school year.
One of the items that should be on the top of the list is making sure that the student in your life has an annual physical and the proper immunizations to start the new school year on a healthy foundation.
Dr. Jennifer Jones, a pediatrician at the Brenham Clinic says, ““Annual checkups allow a physician get to know the medical history of your child and monitor their development from year to year,” “Establishing baseline information and history makes it easier to identify potential concerns over time. These visits are very important to maintaining the health of your child.”
If you child or teenager is involved in sports or other physical activities, their coaches may require a sports physical before they begin to play. A sports exam is similar to an annual physical exam, with addition of the physician’s review of sports-related matters such as nutrition and injuries.
A primary care physician such as a family practice or pediatrician will be able to conduct a sports physical for your child.