Summer is coming to a close and that means the start of the school year is right around the corner. Parents know that this is a busy time of year full of preparation, from school clothes to supplies and perhaps most importantly the need for a back-to-school physical. Contrary to what most might think, all children should get a physical prior to the start of the school year, not just student-athletes.

While physicals vary slightly from physician to physician, in general here are the top things you should know prior to the appointment.


What to Expect when getting a school physical:

  1. In most cases, a back-to-school exam will include a measurement of height, weight, blood pressure, pulse and heart rate, and an examination of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.
  2. In addition, the doctor will be able to track your child’s medical history, ranging from allergies to chronic illnesses.
  3. If your child is in need of an update to an immunization this will also take place at the annual physical.
  4. The exam will also cover the mental health of your child and address any behavioral issues that might be present. The annual physical is a good time to discuss any concerns a parent has about the mental wellbeing of their child.
  5. Most exams will last for approximately 30 minutes from start to finish and depend on the age of the child may include shots or immunizations.


What to Bring to Our Urgent Care for your school physical:

  1. Parents will need to provide the doctor with a complete list of medications the child is taking. It is important for a doctor to document all medications from daily vitamins to prescription medications.
  2. If you are seeing a new provider for the first time it is important to bring previous health records, vaccinations, and current health insurance information. If you are returning to the same provider and have had any updates to your insurance it is necessary to bring a current insurance card.
  3. If a particular form is needed for your child’s school is needed, it is important that you bring that with you as well.
  4. Parents will also want to compile a list of concerns or observations to share with the doctor. Some might include changes in eating or sleeping habits, unusual pain or digestive issues, or issues with anxiety or depression. While most of this is likely to be covered by the healthcare provider, this list will assure that nothing is skipped in the exam.

Children change a lot over the course of the year and the annual physical is an important way to note the growth and changes of your child. Scheduling a physical is easy at Our Urgent Care.