As the new school year approaches, parents are preparing by shopping for backpacks, new outfits, and school supplies for their children. Another important item on each family’s checklist is the school or athletic physical their child may need in order to attend school or to participate in school sports.
“The School Code of Illinois requires that upon a child’s first entry into public schools (Kindergarten or 1st grade), entry into 6th and 9th grades, or entry for the very first time into an Illinois school, a student must present proof of having a physical exam by a licensed physician,” explained Mick Welding, Director of Marketing for Morrison Community Hospital. “At MCH, we are offering school and sports physicals for $25 to make it easier for parents to check that item off their list.” Payment is required at the time of the visit.
A lot can change from year to year as children mature, and their growth is an important sign of their health. A physical will generally include checking their blood pressure and heart rate, and weighing and measuring the child and plotting his or her growth on a national chart. This aids in assessing general nutrition, growth hormone levels, and normal child and adolescent development. Children are also generally checked for vision and hearing issues, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), and posture, strength, and flexibility. Required vaccinations can also be administered.
During a school physical, parents can discuss their child’s past injuries, surgeries, and hospitalizations and talk about the family’s medical history. Behavioral and mental health issues can also be addressed. These topics can have an impact on a child’s performance at school, so discussing and resolving any relevant issues can bring peace of mind.
The physicians at Morrison Community Hospital will make sure your child is healthy and able to take on the new school year successfully. For more information, or to make an appointment, please contact:
Morrison Community Hospital
303 North Jackson Street
Morrison, IL 61270