When your child wants to attend a day or overnight camp during the summer, you may need to schedule a physical examination that requires having a form completed for the management. Camps want to make sure that the children who are attending a camp don’t have any contagious illnesses that can spread to other campers, but the camp’s counselors also want to make sure that they know about any particular health conditions that a child has.
Before arriving for the camp physical, we recommend collecting the information that is required for the forms. Find a child’s record of immunizations so that we can complete the documents as quickly as possible. A camp’s management will need to know if a child has received the required immunizations that can include:
- MMR – combines the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines
- IPV – polio vaccine
- DTaP – combines diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines
- Varicella – prevents chickenpox
- Hepatitis B – a condition that affects the liver
- Influenza – a yearly immunization
There are also optional vaccinations for preventing meningitis or to prevent the human papillomavirus infection. It is possible to receive immunizations at WellCare Urgent Care.
A physical examination for camping begins with looking at the head to notice problems with vision or hearing. Our physician will also need to check a child’s throat for swollen glands along with checking the teeth for decay. Any abnormalities such as poor visual acuity or infected tonsils are noted on the physical examination form so that a parent can determine if a child needs eyeglasses or if a child requires tonsil removal. A physician will listen to how your child is breathing to check for asthma or other respiratory conditions along with listening to a child’s heartbeats to determine if there is an abnormality of the heart’s valves or arteries.
An important part of a physical can include performing urinalysis or blood tests to determine if a child has a urinary tract infection, anemia, or diabetes mellitus. Some of these conditions require immediate treatment with antibiotics or iron supplements, but when a child has diabetes mellitus, the camp’s counselors should understand the health issue to notice the signs of insulin reactions or other medical problems.
If your child is heading off to camp soon then you should stop in to get the physical done before they go. To learn more about camp physicals come into WellCare Urgent Care center today.