Shoham Medical Group
Pediatrician & Adolescent Medicine Physician located in San Fernando Valley, CA
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.
Physical Exams Q & A
What is a pediatric physical exam?
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:
- Address any concerning symptoms
- Track development and growth
- Identify any risk factors of disease
- Prevent disease and injury
- Detect and treat disease early
- Administer immunizations
- Encourage healthy eating and activity
- Identify the need for referrals to other specialists
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.
How often does my child need a physical exam?
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:
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 24 months old
- 30 months old
- 3 years old
Starting at age four, your child should have a physical examination about once a year.
What does a pediatric physical exam entail?
During your child’s physical exam, the team at Shoham Medical assesses your child’s health by:
- Measuring their height and weight
- Recording their blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate
- Listening to the heart, lungs, and abdomen
- Looking inside their ears, nose, and mouth
- Assessing their vision and hearing
- Assessing their skin color and condition
- Testing their reflexes and motor skills
- Taking a sample of blood or urine, if needed
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.