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Kids & Teens Medical Group

Pediatrics located in Pasadena, West Hills, Agoura Hills, San Fernando, Northridge,
Arcadia, La Canada Flintridge, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Whittier, Encino & Santa Clarita, CA

The Importance of Annual Physicals for Children and Teens

Nov 01, 2021
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The Importance of Annual Physicals for Children and Teens

Preventive health care is the key to a strong and healthy body, especially for children and teenagers who are still going through developmental milestones. 

Whether they have underlying health issues, play sports, or are in perfectly good health, your kids need annual physicals, which provide several key health services, from measuring their vitals to screening for issues with their physical and mental health and well-being. 

At Kids & Teens Medical Group, our team of pediatricians and pediatric health specialists offer well-child exams and physicals for children and teenagers at many convenient locations across the greater Los Angeles area. In fact, we’re the largest pediatric group in the LA area.

The importance of annual physicals for children and teens

For starters, an annual physical is the first line of defense in diagnosing and treating childhood diseases and illnesses like ADHD, autism, asthma, and allergies

But annual physicals are comprehensive and also monitor your child’s or teen’s development through critical stages in their growth, including their cognitive, mental, and emotional health and well-being. 

Annual physicals are often required for children and teens to participate in sports. We can provide the paperwork and clearance your child needs to join a team or participate in extracurricular activities.

You can schedule a well-child exam or physical for your kids at any point in the year, but right before the start of a new school year is typically a good time to ensure that they have everything they need to fully participate in academic and athletic activities.

What you can expect at a pediatric annual physical

We provide personalized care to every child and teen. A typical annual physical consists of a number of services and screenings including:

  • Vision and hearing tests
  • Immunization and vaccine/booster updates
  • Physical examination
  • Medical history
  • Height and weight monitoring
  • Reflex check
  • Diagnostic screenings if needed (blood and urine)
  • Screen for communicable diseases
  • Check on developmental milestones
  • Monitor any changes or issues with behavior or cognition issues
  • Prescribe/adjust medication

Every child is different, and the annual physical is a good opportunity for you to ask questions and address any concerns about your child’s physical, mental, or emotional health. 

The childhood and the teen years are periods of rapid change and growth, and your child’s mind and body can change dramatically from one year to the next. Annual physicals monitor their progress and catch any physical or mental health issues as soon as possible.

If it’s been more than a year since your child’s or teen’s last annual physical, you don’t have to wait until the start of a new school year to schedule an appointment. Our pediatric team is available to serve your family year-round.

For more information about the health benefits of annual physicals for children and teens, contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations in the greater Los Angeles area: Agoura Hills, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, La Canada, Flintridge, Northridge, Pasadena, San Fernando, Van Nuys, and West Hills.

Kids & Teens Medical Group