School Physical Q & A
What is a school physical?
A school physical is a special physical exam in which Dr. Alzalam assesses your child’s health to ensure they’re ready to report to their school.
It’s best to schedule a school exam in the summer, prior to the start of the fall school year. Schedule your appointment early to prevent a rush right before the school year begins. If your child plays a sport, they may also be required to complete a physical first.
Why does my child need a school physical?
Most schools in the United States require your child to undergo a comprehensive physical exam before they start their education. The school rightfully wants to know that your child is safe, healthy, and ready to begin a new year. Your child’s health affects the school population and your child’s ability to learn.
It’s also important that school administration be aware of any illnesses, injuries, or allergies your child may have so their teachers can create a productive and safe learning environment, and know how to intervene quickly should your child need help.
If your child is interested in playing a specific sport, they may be required to undergo a physical to ensure they’re healthy and ready to participate, too.
What happens during a school physical?
To make sure your child is ready for the new year, Dr. Alzalam starts the exam with vital checks that include:
- Pulse rate
- Body temperature
- Breathing rate
- Blood pressure
The team at Zalam Medical Center also measures your child’s height and weight, and they may also check their eyesight, hearing, or cholesterol. Next, the team checks your child’s immunization history and performs any immunizations they need.
If your child has a history of illness, the doctor may recommend specific tests to ensure it’s under control. This includes mental health struggles or emotional concerns that could affect learning.
A school physical also includes a discussion about healthy lifestyle habits, such as optimal sleep, diet, physical activity, and substance use. Discussions about bullying, screen time, and depression may also occur.
Get your child ready for school with a regular physical. Call Zalam Medical Center to schedule or book using this website.