What Is A Physical Exam?
The Purpose Of Your Child’s Physical Exam Is To:
- Address any concerning symptoms
- Track development and growth
- Administer immunizations
- Encourage healthy habits
- Identify any risk factors of disease
- Prevent potential disease and injury
- Detect and treat disease early
- Identify the need for referrals to other specialists
When Does My Child Need A Physical Exam?
A physical exam is beneficial anytime you have concerns about your son or daughter’s health. If they’re sick or have symptoms that cause you to worry, a physical exam is an excellent way to set your mind at ease or get treatment started.
A physical exam may be in order if you note:
- Symptoms of illness
- Signs of anxiety or depression
- Evidence of behavioral or developmental conditions
- Lack of growth or weight gain
Ideally, your child receives a physical exam as part of their yearly well child visit. Annual physicals give Dr. Larson a regular opportunity to assess your child’s health when they aren’t ill or having any serious issues.
Finally, when your child begins school or plays a sport, they may need a specialized sports physical or school physical to ensure they’re healthy and ready to learn or play.
What Happens During A Physical Exam?
During your child’s physical exam, Dr. Larson and the team at Heber Valley Pediatrics collect information about their general state of health, including their:
- Height and weight
- Vital signs
- Medical history
- Medication history
- Hearing and vision
- Communication and cognition
Dr. Larson asks you questions regarding their behavior, development, and mental health. He also evaluates their lungs, ear, nose, throat, skin, heart, and major organs. Dr. Larson also administers any vaccinations that are needed to keep your child up to date and makes recommendations for treatment or further testing.