Physicals

Lapeer Pediatrics

Board Certified Pediatricians located in Lapeer, MI

Physicals allow you to be proactive with your child’s health care. From sports physicals to school physicals, the team led by Mohammad Al-Harastani, MD, FAAP, and Sami Al-Harastani, MD, at Lapeer Pediatrics offers different types of physical exams in Lapeer, Michigan. Many physicals are available, like a head start physical, day care physical, pre-school, school and college physical, also work-required physicals including a TB Test. A physical exam is essential to your child’s preventive care and can help your pediatrician identify abnormalities and reveal important information about your child’s health. Book online or call Lapeer Pediatrics today.

Physicals

What is a physical?

Physical exams are a part of a general preventive care visit. Physical exams are also used as a diagnostic method and to evaluate medical concerns. Pediatric physicals focus on enhancing and assessing your child’s overall health and wellness.

Annual physicals are highly recommended for everyone. Lapeer Pediatrics provides comprehensive physical exams from birth through age 21 as well as prenatal and physician introduction consultations.

Specialized consultations are available regarding behavioral problems, school performance, growth and development concerns, nutritional counseling, and family dynamics. 

Lapeer Pediatrics offers in-office lab work, presurgical evaluations, well-child checkups, preventive medicine, health forms for sports participation, school, and summer camp, information on immunizations, and more.

Why would my child need a physical?

Your child might need a physical to:

  • Check for possible diseases
  • Make sure your child’s living healthily
  • Update any necessary immunizations
  • Catch medical issues before they develop complications

Your child might need a physical before an upcoming surgery or medical treatment or as part of a requirement of your child’s school or sports team.

What’s involved with my child’s physical?

Before your child’s physical, make sure they remove any decorative jewelry and wear comfortable clothing.

At Lapeer Pediatrics, a physical involves an in-depth consultation about your child’s health, a review of your child’s family and medical history, a physical assessment, and time to discuss concerns and questions. 

Depending on your child’s age and health, your Lapeer pediatrician might suggest additional testing like blood work to assess your child’s cholesterol, or an X-ray to examine a symptom or body part.

Your pediatrician might also suggest that your child undergo a visual and temperature acuity test, or a pulse oximetry test to monitor oxygen saturation in their blood. 

Your pediatrician also checks your child’s weight, height, pulse, blood pressure, and inspects your child’s body for any unusual growths or marks. Your pediatrician might examine your child’s abdomen and certain other body parts, evaluating the tenderness, size, location, texture, and consistency of their organs.

Your pediatrician uses a stethoscope to listen to the rhythm of your child’s heartbeat and evaluate how your child’s heart is functioning. Your pediatrician can also use a stethoscope to listen to specific organs like the intestines or lungs. 

If your child is due for a physical, look no farther than Lapeer Pediatrics. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

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