Getting ready for back to school means being in and out of stores for school supplies, clothes, and more!

Another important back to school task should include taking your child to the doctor for a back to school physical or wellness check. With the hectic schedule and never-ending list of things to get done before class is back in session, you may be wondering why back to school physicals are so important.

In many states, back to school physicals are required by law, but let’s take a closer look at why they’re required and how they can benefit your child.


At your child’s back to school physical, one of the many things they do is check to make sure your child is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations. This not only protects your child from getting diseases or illnesses, but it protects the other children in the school as well. Your child will also have a record of their vaccinations, so you’ll always have peace of mind that they’re protected.

Identifying Current Health Concerns

While preforming the overall health check, the doctor may find something that raises concern. Illnesses such as asthma, predisposed injury, and ADD are often discovered during back to school physicals and wellness checks. This appointment is the opportunity for your child to mention any unusual symptoms they’ve been having and then takes the steps to get it addressed. If the doctor notices anything out of the norm during the examination, they may order further testing to determine if there’s an issue that needs to be treated or not. Be sure your child knows this is the time to be honest with the doctor about any complaints they have.

Overall Health

At the physical, a physician will examine your child’s overall well-being by checking their heartbeat, blood pressure, reflexes, lung sounds, and more. By regularly checking the overall health of your child you will be able to have a baseline for their bodies when they’re healthy, which makes treating them when they’re sick much easier.

Overall, back to school physicals play an important role in the health of your child and those around them. Most back to school physicals are very routine and simple, but if the physician does discover an issue that needs to be addressed, at least you know you’re taking the right steps to correct that issue.

Getting in a last-minute physical with your child’s pediatrician can be a hassle when they’re over-booked.  Luckily, AFC Urgent Care Stamford provides a number of services to ensure your child is in good health. Seven days a week, we offer back-to-school physicals on a walk in basis, so you never need an appointment to be seen by a physician.  Visit us today – no appointment necessary!