Physical exams are an essential part of preventative pediatric health care. The board-certified team at Nevada Pediatric Specialists, with offices in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, offers physical exams for children of all ages to assess their health and development. If your child is due for a physical exam, call Nevada Pediatric Specialists, or schedule your appointment online today.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a physical exam schedule based on your child’s age. Their visits begin at birth with newborn care and 3-5 days after, then continue as follows:
From your child’s third birthday, they should have an annual physical exam.
Children grow and develop rapidly during their first three years, and frequent appointments help your provider track that your child reaches milestones within the average age ranges. Children develop at their own pace. Some children need more or less time than others to learn to walk, talk, and use their fingers for delicate tasks.
If you are concerned about your child’s health or development at any point, you can schedule an appointment at Nevada Pediatric Specialists.
Your child’s physical exam usually begins with a nurse or another team member measuring your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation levels. These tests are painless, and the provider can explain what is happening or chat with your little one to help them feel comfortable.
Then you meet with your physician or nurse practitioner for the physical exam. Your provider begins by talking to you and your child, reviewing their medical history and asking about any changes to their health or behavior. During this conversation, your provider observes your child for signs of any abnormalities.
Then, your provider listens to their heart and lungs with a stethoscope and looks into their eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Next, they feel your child’s abdomen, muscles, and joints. Your provider checks their reflexes and balance.
Your provider can give your child any necessary vaccinations during their physical exam. They also offer convenient on-site lab services such as glucose testing to assess for diabetes, especially in overweight children.
Some children feel nervous about going to the doctor’s office. You can help them feel comfortable by staying calm yourself. Depending on their age, you can talk to them about what to expect or read books about going to the doctor together. Younger children might feel calmer if they bring a beloved toy or a game to distract them.
The team at Nevada Pediatric Specialists has years of experience in helping children feel comfortable and confident while they have physical exams or receive other medical treatment.
If your child is due for a physical exam, call Nevada Pediatric Specialists, or make an appointment online today.