Physicals Specialist

Great Destinations Pediatrics

A Private Pediatric Practice & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Peoria, AZ

Is it time to schedule your child’s wellness check? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends physical exams at least once a year for children, teenagers, and young adults ages 3-21. At Great Destinations Pediatrics in Peoria, Arizona, the pediatric team provides comprehensive physicals and well checkups for kids of all ages. Contact the office over the phone or online to schedule an appointment.

Physicals Q & A

When does my child need a physical exam?

Great Destinations Pediatrics recommends regular wellness checks for babies, children, and teens. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children over 3 should get annual physical exams until they turn 21.

If you have a newborn, physical exams should be done more frequently. The pediatricians like to see newborns every few months. They also provide specialized care for preterm and premature babies.

Along with annual wellness checks, your child will need a physical if they’re just starting school, going to a new school, or entering a new grade. The pediatric team also offers sports physicals, pre-college physicals, and pre-military physicals for teens and young adults.

What happens at a pediatric physical?

Children grow fast, and regular physicals ensure that they’re as healthy as possible as they get older. The Great Destinations Pediatrics team reviews your child’s medical history at the start of their appointment. They check their vital signs and do a series of measurements and tests, including:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Heart rate
  • Temperature
  • Lung function
  • Blood pressure
  • Vision
  • Hearing

Great Destinations Pediatrics follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for immunizations, giving vaccines at physical exams as needed.

The pediatrician evaluates your child’s growth and development, taking note of any potential problems or signs of childhood disease. Come to the appointment prepared to ask questions, and encourage your child to participate in their health care.

Why are routine physicals important?

Physical exams track your child’s development as they grow up. Going to the pediatrician when your child is sick is important. But routine wellness checks are the best way to prevent illnesses, identify potential health problems, and build trust between your child and their doctor.

The providers at Great Destinations Pediatrics take a holistic approach to pediatric wellness. Along with tracking your child’s physical health, they monitor mental and emotional health. Your child’s physical is a great time to raise any concerns you have about their behavior, school performance, sleep habits, nutrition, and more.

What happens at a sports physical?

Before joining a sports team or before the season starts, it’s important to make sure your child is in tip-top health. A sports physical checks general health and also evaluates any imbalances that could increase your child’s risk of injury.

Sports physicals also emphasize prevention. Your provider helps your child understand how important nutrition, recovery, and sleep are to quality athletic performance.

Keeping your child up to date on their wellness checks helps them enjoy their best health. Call Great Destinations Pediatrics today or book your child’s appointment online.

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