Q: What should be included in a good school physical exam?
A: You should expect this to be a complete physical examination of your child, which also includes reviewing your family health history, according to Dr. Oyinade Akinyede, a pediatrician at Christie Clinic.
The exam should include an update of your child's height and weight, a check of your child's blood pressure, heart, lungs, spine and abdomen, and a review of your child's immunizations to make sure they're up to date, she said.
Depending on your child's age, the doctor may also check for signs of puberty and development, Akinyede said.
All Illinois school children are required to show proof of school physicals and vaccinations when they're entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades. Entering high school seniors have a vaccine reporting requirement only.
Ideally, your child should be seeing his or her own doctor for school physicals, so parents, don't delay in making appointments, Akinyede urged.
"We advise parents to start calling in now," she said.
Most parents are likely aware that school and sports physicals aren't the same. Sports physicals focus on whether your child is in good enough health and physical condition to take part in sports.
Here are some dates for sports and school physicals through Christie Clinic and Carle. Take note, a parent or guardian must accompany the child for the exams:
— School physicals from various doctors by appointment on Saturday mornings from June 30 through July 28.
— Sports physicals done by appointment with Dr. Scott Paluska through August.
— Sports physicals are also available through convenient care on a walk-in basis through August.
— Walk-in sports physical clinics July 7 and Aug. 4, both at 1701 Curtis Road, C.
— Sports and school physicals by appointment or on a walk-in basis on two Saturday mornings, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18, at Carle's Family Medicine Residency Clinic on the main Urbana campus.
— Evening school physicals by appointment Aug. 7-9 and Aug. 14-16 at 1818 E. Windsor Road, U.