Start the school year off on the right foot with Carolina Convenient Care. Check out the information below on primary care, physicals, concussions, lice, and immunizations to help your kids stay healthy all year long.
Have you heard that we are now offering primary care services to patients two years and older? We are now taking new patients and even have same-week appointments available. No matter how healthy you or your children are, it is important to have a primary care doctor. You can rest easy knowing that someone that is familiar with the intricacies of your health and wellness will be able to provide preventative and emergency care when you need it.
School and Sports Physicals
For many kids under 18 years old, physicals performed by a doctor or other licensed healthcare provider are required for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to: enrolling in a new school system, participating in classroom or after-school physical activities, or trying out for, as well as participating in, after-school athletic teams and individual programs.
School Physical Requirements and Sports Physical Requirements
Each school (or school system) has its own unique requirements for school physicals as well as school sports physicals. While each program’s requirements may differ, our nurse practitioner or medical doctor will take the time to:
- Review your child’s individual medical history, as provided
- Conduct an in-person physical examination
- Provide you with information on how to spot signs of concussion (especially important for those wishing to participate in school-sponsored sports activities
- Compile a summary of the examination for use by your primary care provider
Additionally, we’ll gladly help you complete any forms necessary for school activities or sporting tryouts/team participation that are provided at the time of the visit by the parent or guardian.
Head Injuries and Concussions
Back to school means back to sports! Though we want to focus on cheering on our team to victory, we also have to think about sports safety this time of year. Whether your child is participating in softball, baseball, football, lacrosse, or track, the risk of head injury is always there.
The symptoms of lice include a crawling sensation (like something is moving in your hair), itching, sores on the head (that usually come from scratching), a rash at the nape of the neck, and irritability. If you think you or your child has lice, visit us to get confirmation and to help with a treatment plan.
We all need vaccines to help protect us from serious diseases. This protection is referred to as immunizations. Vaccines are made from very small amounts of weak or dead germs that can cause diseases. The vaccine prepares your body to fight the disease faster to keep you from getting sick. The vaccinations we have readily available at Carolina Convenient Care include:
- Hep B (Hepatitis B)
- TDAP (tetanus-diphtheria pertussis)
- Flu Vaccine (only available seasonally, please call to confirm)
- Shingrix (Shingles vaccine)
We are also here to assess your vaccinations needs and can let you know any other vaccinations you or your family members may need.
We hope you and your family have a safe and happy school year. Call us at 919-590-9005 to schedule an appointment.