Back-to-School Physicals: What to Expect
back to school physicals

It is important for kids and adults to get a physical every year.

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Let's see. No. 2 pencils? Check. New school clothes? All set. Check fine-motor development. Really?

If that last one isn't on your back-to-school checklist you're forgetting one of the most important things about the back to school season: wellness checkups.

Kids from preschool through high school should have annual physicals, everything from visits to the pediatrician to the dentist to eye exams to be sure they can read the chalkboard. There are five main things to know about back-to-school physicals, and here we'll begin with what to expect with from a basic physical exam.