During the physical exam, the doctor may examine your child's
abdomen, lower back, and genital area and may do a rectal exam. The doctor will
take your child's temperature.
A thorough medical history and physical exam can often help rule out
other possible causes of your child's symptoms. Providing an accurate medical
history is especially important for parents, since children may not be able to
tell you how they feel and may have different symptoms than an adult with the
same condition would have.
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