Physical Exam Specialist

Heber Valley Pediatrics

Pediatrics & Behavioral Health located in Heber City, UT

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.

Physical Exam Q&A

What is a physical exam? 

 

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:

 

  • Address any concerning symptoms 
  • Track development and growth 
  • Administer immunizations 
  • Encourage healthy habits
  • Identify any risk factors of disease 
  • Prevent potential disease and injury
  • Detect and treat disease early
  • Identify the need for referrals to other specialists

 

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.

When does my child need a physical exam?

 

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:

 

  • Symptoms of illness
  • Signs of anxiety or depression
  • Evidence of behavioral or developmental conditions
  • Lack of growth or weight gain

 

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.

 

What happens during a physical exam?

 

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:

 

  • Height and weight
  • Vital signs
  • Medical history
  • Medication history
  • Coordination
  • Hearing and vision
  • Communication and cognition
  • Nutrition

 

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.