Well Child Exam

Edwin P. Herd, MD

Pediatrics located in Kailua-Kona, HI

If your child is overdue for a well-child exam, book a visit with Edwin P. Herd, MD, one of the most highly sought-after pediatricians in the Kailua-Kona area of Hawaii. These check-ups are a vital part of your child’s overall health and wellness. Fortunately, booking your next visit is as simple as using the online scheduling tool or calling to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Well Child Exam Q & A

What is a well-child exam?

Far too many parents only bring their kids to see a doctor when something’s wrong. That approach prevents your child from forming a trusting bond with his or her pediatrician and also cements an impression of doctor visits being something to fear and avoid.

A well-child exam serves many different purposes and should be part of your family’s overall health care routine. When started at a young age and with a personable, compassionate pediatrician, well-child exams can establish a positive impression of health care that can last throughout your child’s life.

What happens during a well-child exam?

These visits center on collecting health data to build your child’s personal medical record. Measurements of height, weight, blood pressure, breathing and heart function, and a simple neuromuscular exam are all part of the process. Dr. Herd makes an effort to connect with your child during this portion of the exam to make the experience fun.

You’ll also provide a thorough personal and family health history for your child. That information allows Dr. Herd to customize treatment as needed if and when a medical issue arises. This is also a great time to ask any questions you have about your child’s health and to mention any changes you’ve noted since your last visit.

Dr. Herd provides information about your child’s development and discusses any needed vaccines or additional screening. If your child is being treated for an existing condition, the well-child exam will also focus on how they are responding and whether adjustments need to be made.

What kind of things can I ask during a well-child exam?

This is your opportunity to ask Dr. Herd anything at all about your child’s physical and mental health. Some of the things you may want to discuss might include:

  • Sleep issues
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sports injury prevention
  • Dietary issues
  • Problems with constipation
  • Mood swings
  • Attention issues
  • Puberty

Nothing is off limits. You should also make an effort to include your child in the interaction, encouraging them to ask questions or expand on topics.

If scheduling your child’s well-child exam is on your long list of to-do items, make a quick call today to find a time that works for your family. Online scheduling is also available, which allows you to set up your visit at any time of day or night.