Why is the medical exam important?

The medical evaluation is done to see if your child has an injury, infection or other physical problem. Most children have no problems and can be reassured that their bodies are healthy. However, if there are signs of injury or infection, these can be documented and treated. There are times during the medical evaluation forensic evidence may need to be collected.

The exam can also provide a psychological benefit, showing a child that you and other trustworthy adults believe them and are making every effort to help. Many children also report a sense of relief once they have a chance to ask practitioners questions and gain reassurance that they are going to be okay.