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Summer: The Best Time to Schedule Your Child's School Physical

During the busy school year, it’s easy to postpone important preventative care tasks like physicals. That’s why the summer holidays are the perfect time to check in on your child’s health with a school physical. 

While you might want to spend the summer relaxing and recharging with your family, make sure to make time to take care of your family’s health as well. Here at Zalam Medical Center in Bridgeview, Illinois, Dr. Nazem Alzalam, MD offers physicals throughout the summer so that your kids can be ready to start school in the fall.

Here are just a few reasons why summer is the best time to schedule your child’s school physicals.

Some schools require physicals before fall enrollment

It’s important to make sure that your child has had their school physicals before the fall, as many schools require proof of vaccinations prior to enrollment. If you leave it to the last minute, your child might be prohibited from entering their school campus and have their classes delayed.

Especially during these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to be able to show a clean bill of health for your children. That’s why summer is the perfect time to schedule these appointments — before the rush of the school year begins again. 

Make sure your child is on track 

School physicals help ensure your child is meeting normal growth milestones for their age. During a school physical, Dr. Alzalam checks your child’s height and weight and compares them with their previous records. 

He also compares their height and weight to published growth charts for their gender and age. This helps ensure that your child is not struggling with any serious developmental problems or childhood illnesses. 

During their physical, Dr. Alzalam also takes your child’s vitals by measuring their pulse, temperature, and blood pressure. He uses special instruments to examine their ears and eyes as well as to check for healthy lung and heart function. 

Is your child up to date on vaccinations?

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both publish guidelines for vaccines to ensure that your child isn’t exposed to dangerous childhood diseases while at school. However, many of these vaccines are only effective if they are administered at the right time and on the right schedule.

That’s why it’s so important to check every year to see if your child needs new vaccinations or boosters to ensure their immunity stays strong. If you previously had a different pediatrician, make sure to bring a copy of your child’s immunization records to their exam. 

By ensuring you book a school physical this summer, you can help keep your child healthy and ensure your child is ready to start the school year. Don’t wait until the last minute: Book your child’s school physical now by calling our office at 708-599-8000 or request an appointment online. Dr. Alzalam and the rest of our team at Zalam Medical Center are here to help keep your child healthy through every stage of their growth. 

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