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A physical is usually required for kids entering certain grades – or planning to participate in school sports. Physicals offered in a group setting may offer convenience and low-cost; however, a physical one-on-one with your child’s doctor will cover much more.

A group physical will usually include:

  • Weight
  • Height
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • An overall physical exam

This is usually driven by the information needed on the school’s physical form.

A physical with your child's physician will include:

All of the basics of a "group physical" plus an examination covering:

  • Asthma indications
  • Heart issues
  • Eating disorders or other nutritional concerns
  • Sexual challenges and body image issues

Why is a private physical recommended?

There are several areas which are covered by a physical with your child's physician – outside of a group setting.

Growth and Development

Understanding the growth and development of an individual child can help identify areas of concern – as well as areas of strength for that child. Your child’s physician knows the history of your child and can track changes that are important.

Puberty and Body Issues

Boys continue to grow four years after puberty, while girls continue growing three years after their first menstrual cycle. In a private setting, children may be able to better express concerns – and receive reassurance about their own development.

Competitive Sports Concerns

Growth and development of children throughout middle and high school varies widely. It is not unusual for kids to be at different levels of physical strength on the playing field or court. In a private exam, we can advise kids on what obstacles they may face in a specific sport, and most importantly, we can reassure the athlete that they won’t be at that particular physical stage forever.

Greg Severson, MD

Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest

Dr. Severson answers your questions about child development and parenting. One of the most gratifying aspects of pediatrics, for Dr. Severson, is watching an infant grow and change into a young adult. He is a natural teacher and he enjoys teaching parents how to provide the best care for their children. Dr. Severson loves kids and he is enriched by his interactions with them every day. He recognizes that children are unique and special. He hopes that his recommendations will help parents m ...

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