What is a Physical?
Scheduling your child’s physical is the best way to take a proactive approach to their health.
Physicals give your pediatrician the opportunity to monitor your child’s growth and development over the years and allows you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.
By staying up-to-date with your child’s physicals, you’ll also be able to keep up with their vaccinations during their younger years, and can oversee any problematic health issues as they get older.
During a well visit, your child’s pediatrician will have an opportunity to examine year-over-year changes and progress. The younger years are more heavily focused on developmental progress and vaccinations, while adolescent years tend to be more focused on psychological and physical changes.
Our Well Visits are thorough and you can expect a complete physical examination. With your up-to-date Well Visit, we can sign your Sports Physical and/or Camp forms when you need them.
You can learn more about annual well visits on our Infant and Toddler Health page, our Child Health page, or our Teen and Adolescent Health page.
How often should children get a physical?
(less than 1 year old): We see all infants at 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year. Please refer to our Immunization Schedule for more information.
(1-3 years old): Your toddler needs a physical at 15 months, 18 months, 2 years and 3 years old. Please refer to our Immunization Schedule for more information.
Preschool Age Children
(4-5 years old): American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all children receive their vaccines during their 4th and 5th year physicals. All children need to have their vaccines before starting kindergarten. Before starting 1st grade, most schools require an official physical exam.
School Age Children & Teenagers
(6-17 years old): After starting school, the AAP recommends yearly physicals for all children. Please call our office to schedule.
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