Summer is often the busiest time for pediatric and family medicine practices, as families flock in to get the checkups and immunizations they need before school starts. Calling to make an appointment several weeks ahead of time can help you be seen by your preferred provider at a time that’s convenient for you.
Well-child visits with your child’s primary care provider are vital. They help establish a medical history and relationship; detect emerging problems; address developmental, safety and wellness concerns; and provide an opportunity for administering needed tests, screenings and immunizations. For adolescents, checkups also include discussions about sexual and mental health and substance use.
While a checkup may include clearance to play sports, a sports physical alone is not a substitute for a comprehensive checkup. So even if your child received a sports physical at school or at a retail clinic before his or her athletic season started, it’s important to also schedule an annual well visit.