Routine physical exams are one of the easiest ways to protect your child’s health and well-being. Underlying health problems, don’t always present symptoms, but checkups can identify them when they’re easiest to treat. At Children’s Medical Clinic, pediatric and adolescent medicine physician Roselyn St. Etienne, MD, MBA, offers comprehensive physical exams to people ages 21 and younger. To make an appointment for your child in Marrero, Louisiana, call the office, or book online today.
A comprehensive physical exam assesses your child’s physical-growth/development, mental, and emotional health. These checkups present an opportunity to discuss unusual symptoms, ask questions, and build a relationship with Dr. St. Etienne.
It’s essential to schedule comprehensive physical exams, even if your child seems healthy. Many chronic health problems develop slowly over time. Regular visits to Dr. St. Etienne can alert you and help you determine the best course of treatment.
Dr. St. Etienne offers several types of comprehensive physical exams, including:
Dr. St. Etienne also offers behavioral health visit to identify underlying conditions like depression, autism, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
A comprehensive exam features several steps, including:
At the beginning of a physical, the patient's weight, length/height and head circumference are taken. Then, their blood pressure ( starting at 3 years of age or as needed )is taken as well as the heart and respiratory rate.
Next, Dr. St. Etienne reviews your child’s medical records and asks about their lifestyle, including how often they exercise, if they have any underlying health problems, and if they take prescription medication. If your child is shy, feel free to speak on their behalf.
Next, Dr. St. Etienne conducts a complete physical exam. She examines your child’s skin for any abnormal moles or growths; checks their eyes, ears, nose, and throat; tests their reflexes and muscle tone; listen to their heart and lungs and gently palpates their abdomen to assess the size and position of their organs.
After completing the physical exam, Dr. St. Etienne orders a series of lab tests as needed. Depending on your child’s age and medical history, the tests might include blood work, urinalysis, or a culture.
Many schools and organized sports leagues require students and student-athletes to have certain immunizations. After reviewing your child’s medical records, Dr. St. Etienne can develop a vaccination schedule that aligns with your child’s needs.
At the end of a comprehensive physical, Dr. St. Etienne sets aside time to answer questions. If your child has any paperwork that needs filling out, Dr. St. Etienne completes it so you can submit it to the proper authorities.
To learn more about the importance of comprehensive physical exams, make an appointment for your child at Children’s Medical Clinic by calling the office or booking online today.