Regular physical exams are important for your child’s overall health, for disease prevention, and for the early diagnosis and treatment of physical and developmental issues. Steven C. Shoham, MD, and his team at Shoham Medical, located in Granada Hills, California, offer annual and sports-related physicals for children newborn to 21 years old. To schedule a physical for your child, call or schedule an appointment online.
A pediatric physical exam is an important part of nurturing a healthy lifestyle. Regular pediatric physical exams can start immediately after birth and can support your child into their young adulthood. Your child may also need a physical exam when they have concerning symptoms or need clearance to participate in sports.
The purpose of a physical exam is to:
An important part of your child’s physical exam is building trust between them and their pediatrician, as well as between you and their pediatrician.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatric physical examinations should start within 3-5 days after birth. A recommended schedule for physical exams includes visits every 1-3 months for the first year of life.
Physical exams, also called well-baby or well-child visits, often coincide with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended childhood immunization schedule.
After a year, a well-child exam should take place at:
Starting at age four, your child should have a physical examination about once a year.
During your child’s physical exam, the team at Shoham Medical assesses your child’s health by:
During their physical exam appointment, your child may also receive any immunizations needed to get them up-to-date. You also have an opportunity to ask questions or express any concerns you have to your pediatrician.
To schedule a physical exam for your child, call or schedule an appointment online with Shoham Medical. Same-day appointments are often available.