Physical exams are essential to protecting your child’s health, from birth through young adulthood. David Larson, MD, FAAP of Heber Valley Pediatrics in Heber City, Utah, offers comprehensive annual, sports, and school physicals for children of all ages. Whether your child is ill or just needs a check-up, call the office or book an appointment online to schedule a physical exam today.
A pediatric physical is an overall assessment of your child’s health and general state of wellness. It’s an integral part of nurturing a healthy lifestyle and identifying signs of disease and developmental conditions early. Physicals are beneficial both when your child is well or feeling ill.
Your child’s physical exams begin immediately after birth when Dr. Larson visits your newborn in the hospital. He initiates excellent newborn care within a day of delivery and continues well child exams in his office throughout childhood.
The purpose of your child’s physical exam is to:
One of the most beneficial aspects of a physical exam, whether it takes place when your child is well or sick, is that both you and your child learn to trust Dr. Larson and his staff.
A physical exam is beneficial anytime you have concerns about your son or daughter’s health. If they’re sick or have symptoms that cause you to worry, a physical exam is an excellent way to set your mind at ease or get treatment started.
A physical exam may be in order if you note:
Ideally, your child receives a physical exam as part of their yearly well child visit. Annual physicals give Dr. Larson a regular opportunity to assess your child’s health when they aren’t ill or having any serious issues.
Finally, when your child begins school or plays a sport, they may need a specialized sports physical or school physical to ensure they’re healthy and ready to learn or play.
During your child’s physical exam, Dr. Larson and the team at Heber Valley Pediatrics collect information about their general state of health, including their:
Dr. Larson asks you questions regarding their behavior, development, and mental health. He also evaluates their lungs, ear, nose, throat, skin, heart, and major organs. Dr. Larson also administers any vaccinations that are needed to keep your child up to date and makes recommendations for treatment or further testing.
To schedule an expert pediatric physical exam, call the office or book an appointment online with Heber Valley Pediatrics today.