Time to Book Camp Physicals

Today most camps, schools and team sport organizations require physicals. At Westchester
Health Pediatrics, we highly recommend these exams because they help us determine if it’s
safe for your child to participate in all camp activities, if any restrictions are necessary, and if
there are any instructions or medications that need to accompany your child to camp.

Why are physicals important?

For children who are healthy, active and fit, a camp or school physical is often their only visit to
the doctor each year. As well as being an important health assessment, it’s an excellent
opportunity for both you and your child to ask us questions, as well as share with us any
concerns about growth and development, diet and nutrition, behavior issues and anything else
that’s on your mind.

Physicals help you and your pediatrician:

  • detect and possibly prevent certain health conditions
  • determine your child’s physical and mental readiness for camp, school or sports
  • assess and maintain your child’s overall good health

Call for an appointment

Check with your pediatrician’s office to find out when your child’s last physical was conducted
and when you should book one for this year. (Remember that most insurance companies will not
cover more than one physical in a 12-month period.)

Call (914) 228-0330, or if you are not a Westchester Health Pediatrics patient and would like to see
a list of our 12 locations, click here.

What to expect in a routine physical

Most physicals begin with a medical history: a series of general questions about past illnesses,
injuries, and any chronic health conditions. Your pediatrician will make sure your child’s
immunizations are up-to-date. He/she will also want to know if your child has had any surgeries
or injuries (be ready to provide dates), and whether your child has ever passed out or experienced
dizziness/shortness of breath.

The exam will include:

  • measuring height and weight
  • taking blood pressure and pulse
  • listening to the heart and lungs
  • feeling the abdomen
  • examining the eyes, ears, nose and throat
  • basic strength and flexibility testing
  • examining the hands, knees, feet, back, arms and legs
  • examining spine alignment
  • hearing and vision screening
  • urinalysis if needed
  • vaccinations if needed

Make an appt