Back to School Physicals
At KinderMender, the primary goal of back to school physicals is to help children start school on the right foot. These physicals do not entail a complete check-up, and do not involve developmental or nutritional screenings, but are meant to ensure that no pre-existing medical conditions – such as allergies, asthma, or cardiac histories – are present that school nurses should be made aware of. Our physicians also ensure that a child’s immunization records are up-to-date.
Like KinderMender’s back to school physicals, the goal of our sports physicals is to pre-screen for pre-existing or life-threatening medical conditions that could preclude a child from taking part in athletic activity.
Largely, screenings are made for cardiac issues that could put a child at risk of sudden death while taking part in sports. If asthma is present, our physicians ensure that a rescue inhaler will be on-site, while any concerns regarding recent concussion are also ruled out, and referrals are made to medical specialists as needed.
No appointments are necessary for those visits, and patients can schedule a physical online or stop by any one of our three Maryland offices when they have time.
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It is important to note that sports and back to school physicals are not a substitution for annual checkups, well child visits, or any other preventive care provided by KinderMender’s primary care physicians.
For any questions regarding school-related physicals, please pick up the proper form from your school or download it from our website, and make an appointment to see a KinderMender primary care physician today.