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DOH urges in-person keiki checkups

The state Department of Health is encouraging parents and caregivers to resume regular, in-person well-child and dental visits, including screenings, dental appointments and vaccinations for their children.

Regular checkups not only track development but also identify any health problems earlier to avoid complications and more costly treatment, according to the department, which launched a campaign encouraging in-person doctor’s office visits.

“Many parents and caregivers are concerned about exposing their infants, young children and even themselves to COVID-19,” said Charlene Robles, supervisor of DOH’s Early Intervention Section. “The well-child visits campaign provides parents and caregivers with visual information about how doctors are creating a safe environment for their patients.”

Dr. Jeffrey Okamoto, vice president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Hawaii Chapter, said that some health issues may have gone unaddressed due to the pandemic.

“We especially find that families appreciate the value of routine visits which sometimes lead to treatment for health conditions or detection of important issues such as hearing or vision problems,” Okamoto said.

For more information, visit keikicheckup.com.

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