Score 1 for Health Screenings
What assessments are done at the health screening?
Children's bodies change as they grow, so it’s important to have annual blood pressure checks. If a blood pressure reading is found to be high on three different screenings, then a note will be sent home to the parent for follow-up with the child's physician.
A dental screening can build a positive attitude in children towards dental care. The screening does not replace a thorough dental exam and cleaning that should be done every six months.
Hearing (if applicable)
Ear infections, earwax build-up, foreign object and repeated exposure to loud noises might all be reasons for hearing problems. These can happen at any age at any time, so it’s important to have a hearing test at least every other year, or when concerns arise. Early identification and treatment of the source of hearing problems may prevent significant medical intervention later on.
In this screening we measure height and weight to record a child's growth rate. Elementary school-aged children experience waves of growth spurts. We want to monitor children growing taller and gaining a normal amount of weight at a consistent rate every year.
Vision can change rapidly after a growth period, which is why we suggest scheduling annual vision screens. The vision screen consists of tests for far and near vision, as well as an exam to see if both eyes are working together equally well.
The physical assessment includes a brief exam of the head, eyes, ears, nose, neck and throat, chest, heart, skin extremities, spine/torso and a basic neurologic exam. Any concerning finding will be noted for the parent.