Parker County Today August 2016 - Page 43

Annual Physicals are the Cornerstone of a Healthy School Year By Dr. Adam Khadbai others. Talk with your physician to learn about what vaccinations your child should receive and at what age. “It is essential for children to receive the right immunizations at the right time, especially before beginning school.” “There is a very low chance that your child will experience side effects after receiving any immunization, but remember these shots will protect your child in the long run.” If your child or teenager is involved in sports or other physical activities, their coaches may require a sports physical before they begin to play. A sports exam is similar to an annual physical exam, with addition of the physician’s review of sports-related matters such as nutrition and injuries. A primary care physician such as a family practice or pediatrician will be able to conduct a sports physical for your child. To find a physician or learn more about protecting your child’s health, visit www. or call 817-4897450. About the Author: Dr. Adam Khadbai, a member of the medical staff, earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in the Dominica Caribbean and completed his residency at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. To find a physician close to you, visit Weatherford Regional Medical Center’s online Physician Directory at AUGUST 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY There are many things that must be done before sending your child back to school. In addition to buying new clothes and stocking your child’s backpack with the right supplies, make sure she or he has an annual physical and the proper immunizations to start the new school year on a healthy foundation. “Annual checkups allow a physician to get to know the medical history of your child and monitor their development from year to year.” “Establishing baseline information and history makes it easier to identify potential concerns over time. These visits are very important to maintaining the health of your child.” Children should receive an annual checkup with their physician even if they are healthy. At a checkup, your child will receive a full physical exam including measurements such as height and weight. This is a good time for parents to discuss any developmental, emotional or social concerns with the physician. Most insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover a free annual well-child visit. Immunizations are another important way to protect your child’s health. Many children beginning school for the first time are required to have received certain vaccinations. Receiving the right shots at the right time will help protect your child from contracting various diseases and help prevent the spread to 41