Health Features

Why Your Child Should Take an Annual Physical Exam

Adults are accustomed to undergoing annual physical exams and these are considered to be beneficial in terms of preventive measures and overall health. Every year we undergo extensive health tests to inform ourselves of our body’s state. Annual physical exams give us a clear view of our condition—what we have done right, where we need to improve, and what we need to cease doing.


As parents we understand that our children’s health is a top priority. When our children are in the pink of health, the opportunities become endless. If we could take preventive measures to assure us of our child’s perfect health, wouldn’t we secure it?


Centre Medicale Internationale (CMI) understands the desire of parents to present their children with every possible advantage. This is the reason it has designed specially designed Annual Physical Exam programs for children 3 to 18 years old. The same way that we, the adults, benefit and rely on annual physical exams to ensure we are in our best condition, the Annual Physical Exam programs for children and adolescents prepare them to learn and explore the world.


Dr. Ruby Ann Punongbayan, CMI’s ambulatory pediatrician says, “An annual physical exam for children and adolescents is an integral part of the preventive component of a comprehensive health care for these age groups. It would be able to prevent or mitigate occurrences of common illnesses through vaccination and health education. Certain age groups would need a timely early identification of potential visual and hearing problems which may impede learning in kids.”


Children from 3 to 5 years of age can avail of the Head Start Health Screening (LINK to the full package inclusion) which includes developmental screening test, nutrition counseling, dental check up, and immunizations, to a name a few. For children 6 to 10 years of age, the Junior Health Screening encourages children to begin forming good health habits. The Junior Health Screening (LINK to the full package inclusion) includes the same screening as the Head Start Health Screening, plus screening for hypertension if at risk, screening for dyslipidemia for those at risk, catch up immunizations, and more.


Dr. Punongbayan adds, “For adolescents who may be sexually active, it is a must to identify those with potentially sexually transmitted infections, hence the recommendation to do screening tests. All of these screening tests per age group have been validated worldwide as well as in our local setting, is research-based, and is common practice among pediatricians.”


The Teen Health Screening (LINK to full offering) for children 11 to 17 years old includes a work-up for sexually active adolescents, CRAFFT screening for alcohol and drug use, and screening for anxiety and depression.


“The screening tests for potential presence of anxiety and depression among adolescents are a must considering the current dramatic increase in these conditions. Not all pediatricians are trained to do this screening test,” says Dr. Punongbayan who has been offering psychological tests to identify anxiety and depression since CMI’s inception.


18 years old children and above may undergo the Big League Student’s Health Screening (LINK to full offering) includes the basics plus chest X-ray, urinalysis, comprehensive adolescent inventory. All screenings includes the CMI Pediatric Kit.


Prevention, as the saying goes, is better than cure. Wouldn’t prevention be optimized best when started in the formative years?


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