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Has it been a while since your child had a checkup? The exams help pediatricians detect signs of health conditions and diseases and ensure that there are no issues with your child's growth or development. Pediatric checkups are among the services that Dr. Kenneth Kim, your child's Fairfax, VA, child doctor, offers.
Why should I schedule a checkup for my child?
Sick visits are no substitute for checkups. If your child has the flu or injures their arm, the visit will focus primarily on those health issues. Although every visit always includes a check of your child's vital signs, sick visits don't provide an overall picture of your son or daughter's health due to time limitations.
During checkups, your child's Fairfax pediatrician will evaluate his or growth and development. If there are delays or concerns, he'll discuss options and possible treatments that will help your son or daughter reach milestones.
Checkups are the perfect time to review your child's immunizations. Immunizations not only protect your child from developing measles, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and other diseases, but also protect children too young or sick to receive these vaccines. If your child needs an immunization, it can be provided during the checkup.
Visits will also include discussions of your child's health during the past year. The questions your child's pediatrician asks you and your child can help him spot symptoms of conditions and diseases that can occur during childhood. For example, if your daughter mentions that she is thirstier than normal and her vision isn't always clear, the pediatrician can recommend a blood test to rule out diabetes. The checkup also offers the perfect opportunity to ask questions and share concerns about your child's health and development.
Safeguard your child's health by scheduling a checkup. Call Dr. Kenneth Kim, your child's Fairfax, VA, child doctor at (703) 246-0022 to make an appointment.
Is your child one of the 45 million Americans, high school age and under, that plays at least one organized sport? In Fairfax, VA, Dr. Kenneth Kim offers children's sports physicals to assist families in complying with school, club, and camp regulations and give parents peace of mind that their children are ready for strenuous activity.
First of all, your pediatrician wants to ensure your child is healthy. Accordingly, Dr. Kim will perform a head to toe physical assessment, checking:
- Height, weight, growth, and Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Vital signs: blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and body temperature
- Posture (and assessing for scoliosis)
- Strength, range of motion, joint function, and coordination
- Management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, allergies, seizure disorders, and asthma
- Medical, medication, surgical, and injury history
Finally, Dr. Kim and his staff will update your child's immunizations as needed, complete their shot records, and fill out any forms required by the school or organization.
Health and Safety First
The pre-participation sports physical makes sure a child is healthy enough to play sports. It also gives the child, parent, and doctor opportunities to ask questions about safety, proper equipment, nutrition, conditioning, and more.
At Kenneth J. Kim Pediatrics in Fairfax, VA, Dr. Kim and
his staff fully support the many health and psycho-social benefits of athletic participation. They'll fully partner with your family to ensure kids have the best, and healthiest, experience possible.
Call our Fairfax Office Today!
If it's time for a children's sports physical, call Kenneth J. Kim Pediatrics today for an appointment. We have ample office hours Monday through Fridays. Phone (703) 246-0022.
Children’s sports physicals are an important part of preparing them for participation in athletic activities. Sports physicals allow the doctor to ensure your child is healthy enough to play sports, as well as to discuss any potential injury risks. Many youth sports programs even require a current physical before your child can participate. In Fairfax, VA, children’s sports physicals are performed by Dr. Kenneth Kim of Kenneth J Kim Pediatrics.
Sports physicals help confirm your child is healthy and in good shape for sports participation. Various aspects of your child’s health will be examined during the physical to ensure everything is in good working order. Some of the things typically checked during a sports physical include:
- Blood pressure
- Lungs and breathing
- Heartbeat or pulse
- Eyes, ears, nose and throat
In addition to checking things like heartbeat and breathing, the doctor will likely also ask questions about your child’s dietary habits and daily physical activity. Other things the doctor might inquire about include allergies, current medications and unusual symptoms (such as dizziness or chest pain) your child might be experiencing. You will likely also be asked if your child has any history of serious illness or injury.
Preparing your child for participation in sports should always include getting an updated physical. The physical lets you confirm your child is healthy enough to play. During the physical, the doctor can also advise you on how best to prevent or minimize the risk of sports-related injuries. For children’s sports physicals in Fairfax, VA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim by calling Kenneth J Kim Pediatrics at (703) 246-0022.