Physical Exams

Naples Pediatrics

Pediatrician located in Naples, FL

The purpose of your child’s physical exam determines how Dr. Paul Irra at Naples Pediatrics in Naples, Florida, conduct their evaluation. They adjust the information gathered and the actual physical exam to meet different requirements of the diverse types of check-ups. Contact us to schedule an appointment when your child needs a yearly physical, school physical, or sports evaluation.

Physical Exams Q&A

Why are routine physical exams important?

Physical exams are especially important for children because their bodies change at such a rapid pace. A routine physical gives your doctor at Naples Pediatrics the opportunity to assess growth, weight, and height and to be sure your child continues to meet normal milestones.

Many childhood health concerns that aren't examined during a sick visit can be evaluated during a routine physical. Those include a more comprehensive physical exam, including checking the skin for problems or checking the spine for scoliosis.

A physical also provides the opportunity to screen for developmental concerns, evaluate nutrition, and answer any questions parents might have about emotional, behavioral, social, and school issues.

What are the requirements for a school physical?

Florida state law requires a thorough physical examination before children enter school. This includes an examination of your child’s:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Dental health
  • Head, scalp, and skin
  • Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • Abdomen
  • Posture
  • Allergies
  • Immunizations
  • Weight, including body mass index

What is a sports examination?

Children who are involved in any organized sport — especially if it’s a school team — will need an examination before participating. They’ll also need a sports examination to get clearance to participate again following an injury, infection, or illness.

A sports exam begins with a thorough review of your medical history, but the rest of the exam has a different focus because the doctors at Naples Pediatrics consider more than just general health. They also check the child’s musculoskeletal system, assessing bones, muscles, and joints for strength, flexibility, and any signs of inflammation or stress.

The doctors will evaluate whether there’s any injury, illness, or athletic activities might aggravate other condition that prevents the child from competing or that. Those could include concerns such as skin infections, pain, or dizziness after exercising. It could also include checking for head injuries and concussions, asthma, previous fractures and sprains, viral infections, and chronic health conditions.

Existing health conditions don’t necessarily prevent your child from playing sports. However, your doctor may change the current treatment to protect your child’s health. For example, a child who has asthma attacks may need a different type of inhaler or a different dose to ensure they don’t have a flare-up when they’re active.