School Physical Specialist

Forest Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in The Woodlands, TX & Montgomery, TX

Before your child registers for a new school year, they need a physical exam to ensure they’re ready. At Forest Pediatrics in The Woodlands, Texas, Murray Fershtman, MD, a board-certified pediatrician, and the staff provide comprehensive school physicals to assess your child’s general health and identify potential issues that may interfere with their learning. As you get your child ready for school, you can schedule a physical ahead of time by calling Forest Pediatrics or booking an appointment online today.

School Physical Q & A

Why does my child need a school physical?

Schools require physicals to ensure that your child is generally healthy and has no underlying medical issues that may interfere with learning or physical activity.

At Forest Pediatrics, Dr. Fershtman offers comprehensive physicals that meet the requirements of schools, sports, and other organizations. He also recommends annual physicals for children of all ages to effectively monitor and track changes in their health as they grow.

You can expect to schedule a routine physical before the start of each school year, even if your child is otherwise healthy and not having symptoms or other difficulties.

What can I expect during a school physical?

During your child’s school physical, Dr. Fershtman spends time reviewing their personal and family medical history. This is also a good time to discuss any changes you notice in your child’s physical and mental health or their behaviors.

As part of a physical exam, Dr. Fershtman assesses important health details, including your child’s height and weight, as well as their:

  • Heart rate
  • Lung function
  • Blood pressure
  • Body temperature
  • Hearing and vision

Dr. Fershtman also checks your child’s reflexes, muscle strength and flexibility, and spine alignment.

In some cases, additional diagnostic tests may be necessary to identify chronic conditions like diabetes or asthma if they run in your family or if your child is experiencing unexplained symptoms.

Dr. Fershtman also discusses the importance of consuming a nutritious diet, getting regular exercise, and other healthy habits to keep your child strong and reduce their risk of illness. He also provides immunizations to protect against contagious diseases like measles and mumps.

What if my child doesn’t pass a school physical?

If your child appears in good health and lab tests don’t indicate any underlying health issues, Dr. Fershtman provides documentation for the school that your child passed their physical exam.

In the event Dr. Fershtman discovers issues that affect your child’s health, he may order additional testing or explain what you need to do for your child to pass the physical and attend school.

As a skilled pediatrician, Dr. Fershtman can help your child manage a wide variety of chronic illnesses and disorders like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He also ensures your child is healthy enough to return to school and provides necessary resources to help your child thrive there and at home.

If your child needs a school physical, schedule an appointment online, or call Forest Pediatrics today.