Physical Exam

Annandale Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Annandale, VA

Regular physical exams are the foundation of your child’s health and wellness. The pediatricians at Annandale Pediatrics understand the importance of physical exams and make every effort to put children in the community of Annandale, Virginia, at ease during these routine visits. If your little one is in need of an annual physical exam or a specialized exam, call the office today to book a visit, or spend a few moments using the online scheduling tool.

Physical Exam Q & A

What is a pediatric physical exam?

Pediatric physical exams are the foundation of good health and wellness. Your child will receive their first pediatric exam just hours after birth. Numerous exams are required during the first couple of years, but soon an annual physical exam becomes the norm.

These visits are an opportunity for your child’s pediatrician to track their development and screen for signs of illness. They also provide a chance for you to ask questions and learn how to best support your child’s health and wellness.

What happens during a physical exam?

The physical exam process will change a bit as your child grows older, but there are components of the annual physical exam that remain the same.

Your child’s physician will gather data on your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature. A basic neurological exam is part of the process, and checks for motor function, reflexes, and more.

A quick check of your child’s heart and breathing function is usually part of the process, as well as a skin check and a visual exam of their genitalia. Your child’s pediatrician will also ask about any changes you’ve noticed since your last visit, as well as any areas of concern.

How can I help reduce my child’s anxiety about physical exams?

One of the most important reasons to bring your child to Annandale Pediatrics for physical exams is the focus placed on developing a trusting bond between your child and their pediatrician. Once that relationship is established, kids have far less anxiety about physical exams.

If your child is anxious about coming in to see the doctor, you might consider bringing them along during your next physical. Once they see there is nothing to fear, they may even begin to look forward to their own exam. The team at Annandale Pediatrics strives to help kids feel comfortable and welcome from start to finish and make physical exams a fun experience.

What is a specialized physical exam?

A specialized physical exam is an evaluation required by an outside party. For example, most schools require a school physical before a child can attend classes in a new school.

Many youth athletic programs require a physical exam as a prerequisite for participation. Even certain camps and daycare programs will ask for a specialized physical exam.

The team at Annandale Pediatrics offers many types of specialized exams. They are familiar with the documentation requirements and can ensure your child has the paperwork and the professional evaluation needed to complete this requirement.

If your child needs an annual or specialized physical exam, book an appointment online at your earliest convenience. You are also welcome to call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

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