Why Back To School Physicals Are Important

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Updated: 7/20/2012 8:13 am
We're in the heart of summer, but it's also the time when parents start thinking about getting their children into the pediatrician for their back to school physical.

Doctors will typically look at the heart and lungs and inquire about family history to see if there may be the possibility of cardiac issues, especially if the child plans to play sports.

The back to school physical also gives your pediatrician a chance to look for any potential stomach or joint problems.

A hernia check will also be performed.

The pediatrician will look for any issues with your child's skin, as well.

If your child has been having any consistent health issues, be sure to bring it up. In fact, pediatricians say feel free to bring a written list of questions to your child's visit.

"It's a good way to remember. Now, if there are a lot of very serious problems and they're all on a list, probably they should call the office and let them know because the doctor might need some extra time allotted to deal with a lot of problems. But if it's just a couple of problems, usually we can handle that at that visit," said Cleveland Clinic pediatrician Dr. Emma Raizman.

Dr. Raizman says the time to schedule your child's back to school check-up is now.

She says the closer you get to the start of school; the harder it will be to get an appointment.
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