Is your child due for a yearly checkup or vaccinations? Are you looking for screenings for asthma, heart disorders, and other conditions that could affect your child’s health? These things are all part of health & well-being visits that your local pediatrician can provide.
When your child needs health & well-being pediatric services, look no further than Hawaii Pediatrics. We are a leading provider of children’s well-being visits and other pediatric services. Whether it be an annual physical for school sports or an assessment of nutritional and dietary needs, our physicians can make sure your child is healthy and happy as they grow!
What Is a Well-Being Visit?
Children’s health & well-being visits are an essential part of their growth. Well-being pediatric visits ensure that your child meets certain developmental milestones, follows healthy habits, and does not show any signs of certain behavioral or physical conditions.
Using strategies and tools that are theory-based and evidence-driven, your pediatrician can assess the health and well-being of your child and use culturally appropriate interventions to address any issues they may have. During a pediatric well-child visit, the board-certified physicians at Hawaii Pediatrics will look at all of the following:
Growth and Development
These early years of your child’s life are vital for their growth and development. Well-being pediatric visits examine your child’s growth and ensure that your child is in the appropriate height and weight percentile for their age.
Well-being visits are also helpful for tracking your child’s development and making sure that they reach certain development milestones for their age, like walking and speaking. If they are not meeting these milestones, the doctor can address any potential problems early on. We also perform hearing and vision assessments at these visits.
Behavior and Parenting
Let’s be honest: Parenting a young child is one of the most challenging jobs in the world. That is why your pediatrician will help guide you with well-child visits. The doctors at Hawaii Pediatrics can give parents guidance on everything from potty training to disciplinary methods. Your pediatrician can also provide you with guidance on how to help your child succeed in school, including advice on sleep schedules and homework.
Health & well-being visits are also used to assess your child’s behavior. Your pediatrician will speak with you about any behavioral issues your child may be having and help determine a course of action to address them.
Screening for Health Conditions and Disorders
Doctors also use your child’s well-being visits to screen for specific health conditions and disorders. Things like asthma, heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more can all affect your child at a young age. If your child is suffering from any of these disorders, it is vital to get a diagnosis early on and begin treatment promptly.
The Benefits of Well-Child Visits
Health and well-being visits come with several benefits for your child, from birth until they reach their teen years. Seeing your pediatrician regularly as your child grows can provide all of the following and more:
- Scheduled immunizations to prevent serious illnesses
- Tracking growth, milestones, and appropriate development
- Assessing social behaviors and academic performance
- Ensures child is in good health for school sports and other activity
- Addressing parental concerns about physical health or behavior
- Building trustworthy relationships between child, parent, and doctor
Our board-certified pediatricians want your child to grow up as happy and healthy as possible. By having routine well-child visits, your child will experience all of these benefits for their physical, social, and mental health.
What to Expect During a Well-Being Visit
What to expect during a pediatric well-being visit depends largely on your child’s age. With that said, most well-child visits at Hawaii Pediatrics will cover the following:
- Height and weight measurements
- Growth milestones
- Developmental milestones
- Vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, etc.)
- Eating habits
- Exercise habits
- Behavioral issues
Comprehensive physical exam
- Vision screening and eye test
- Ear examination
- Checking for any nasal deformities or issues
- Examining throat and mouth
- Heart and lung assessment
- Palpating abdomen
- Musculoskeletal exam
- Neurological exam
- Skin check for lesions or rashes
- And more…
While the doctor may perform all of these at your child’s well-being visit, it is necessary to note that every child is different. Your child may need certain procedures or assessments during their visit and not need other procedures or assessments. Your pediatrician will determine what best meets your child’s needs.
The Importance of Health & Well-Being Visits
Well-being pediatric visits are critical for many reasons. They are a great way to keep your doctor informed about any physical or behavioral issues your child may be having. Your pediatrician can then help determine the cause of the problem and how to best address it.
Health and well-being visits are also crucial for tackling severe health concerns early on. The physicians at Hawaii Pediatrics can detect specific indicators of health concerns like heart murmurs, low/high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and more. From there, they can help your child receive the appropriate treatment before these concerns become emergencies.
Well-child visits can also help parents address common issues like child safety, poor academic performance, sleep issues, bullying, and more.
Contact Hawaii Pediatrics for Well-Child Visits
For all of your health & well-being pediatric services, please contact Hawaii Pediatrics. Our board-certified physicians can provide your children with complete wellness exams and pediatric care to grow happy and healthy!