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Well-Child Exams


We want the BEST for your child.

Every parent wants the best for their child, especially when it comes to their health. Preventive care is key to keep children healthy at any age and ensure they are ready for school sports.

Annual well-child exams from kindegarten through high school are a chance to raise questions and concerns about your child’s development, behavior, and general well-being.

These annual visits will:

  • Promote wellness & nutrition
  • Track growth and development
  • Detect diseases
  • Keep immunizations up-to-date
  • Prevent injury and future health problems
  • Provide pre-participation sports physicals
Schedule a well-child visit with your child’s primary care physician today!

HFM Pediatrics
4303 Michigan Ave, Manitowoc
920-320-4300

HFM Family Medicine
1650 S 41 St., Manitowoc
920-320-4500

Or request an appointment online

A benefit to use, with NO cost to you!

Well-child visits are 100% covered by most insurance under the new wellness benefits.

Student Cardiology Heart Check also available

 

What is a Sports Physical?
Sport physicals are intended to determine if an athlete can safely play in a sports activity. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) requires that high school athletes in the state of Wisconsin have a Sports physical form signed every 2 years if they wish to participate in school sports. Some other schools and agencies require sports exams as well.

What to know for a Sports Physical:
Insurance companies do not cover sports physicals and so payment is due at the time of visit.

Bring any required forms including a completed health and immunization history. There are two main parts to a physical: The child’s medical and athletic history, and the physical exam. This includes:

  • Checking the child’s weight and height.
  • Checking blood pressure.
  • Listening to the heart while the child is standing up and lying down.
  • Checking the child’s muscles, bones and joints for issues that could be a problem in the future.

Can your doctor fill out the sports physical form during a well-child exam? Yes! When you schedule the well-child exam, let the doctor’s office know that a sports physical form needs to be completed. Make sure to bring the right paperwork with you, and have the history portion of the sports physical form completed before you arrive. If the doctor knows you need your child to have a sports physical as well, he or she can perform the detailed muscle and joint exam needed to clear your child for sports participation at the time of the exam.

What is a Well-Child Exam?
There is a difference between a sports physical and a well-child exam. Your well-child exam is much more than just a physical. Your well-child exam is a comprehensive evaluation and follow-up of any problems your child may have. We believe it is very important that every child participates in a yearly well-child exam. The Affordable Care Act makes sure every child gets the health care he or she needs. You do not have to pay a co-pay for this care because it is preventive care. The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover these services for your child with no cost to you.

What is a Well-Child Exam?
It is a comprehensive conversation and exam that includes:

  • Review of the child’s full medical history.
  • Listening to questions and concerns from the parent and child, and checking out any concerns or problems.
  • Review of any medicines the child may take.
  • A full physical exam (more detailed than a sports physical).
  • Review of a child’s vision and hearing.
  • Developmental screenings.
  • Other screening tests due for the child.
  • Creating a plan of care for any problems found.
  • Labs and other tests, if needed.
  • Referrals, if needed.
  • Immunizations, if needed.
  • Age-appropriate wellness and preventative health education including diet, sleep, school, interpersonal and family behaviors and safety.