School Physical Specialist

Westchester Park Pediatrics

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine located in Purchase, NY

School physicals are a great chance to do a yearly focused assessment of your child’s health. The team of pediatric experts at Westchester Park Pediatrics in Purchase, New York, offers quality physicals for school-age children. To schedule your child’s school physical, call the office or book an appointment online today.

School Physical Q & A

What is a school physical?

A school physical is a yearly examination that ensures that your child is healthy enough to participate in public or private school. School physicals are an excellent opportunity to receive a quality physical assessment and to assess the child’s developmental and emotional health. 

Aside from helping you be compliant with your child’s school district, school physicals allow your pediatrician to:

  • Build trust with you and your child
  • Update their health record
  • Update their immunizations 
  • Record and track their growth and development 
  • Assess their emotional and mental health
  • Identify signs of developmental problems
  • Educate and empower your child
  • Support you and answer any questions you have

As your child gets older, their annual school physical gives your pediatrician a chance to offer adolescent-specific education related to safe sex, puberty, sports safety, and developing healthy habits. 

How can school physicals help protect my child’s health?

A yearly school physical offers a chance to identify risk factors and signs of common childhood health concerns, such as: 

  • Childhood obesity
  • Juvenile diabetes
  • Asthma 
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Autism or other developmental disorders
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Learning disabilities 

Early intervention and treatment can make all the difference in your child’s long-term health when these problems are identified as soon as possible in childhood.

What happens during a school physical?

During your child’s school physical, the team at Westchester Park Pediatric team: 

  • Measures their height and weight
  • Records their blood pressure, oxygen level, and pulse
  • Listens to their lungs, heart, and abdomen
  • Looks inside their eyes, mouth, nose, and ears
  • Assesses their hearing and vision 
  • Tests their coordination, motor skills, and reflexes

If needed, your pediatrician may collect blood or urine and may update your child’s immunizations. 

The team completes the school physical forms you need to attach to your child’s school records. It is vital that you schedule your child’s school physical far in advance and that you don’t lose your completed school physical form. If your school requires your pediatrician to fill out a specific form, please be aware there is a $10 charge due at the time of your visit. 

For a comprehensive school physical, please call the office or schedule an appointment online with Westchester Park Pediatrics today.