When Your Child Should Get Checked by a Paediatrician
Your child may see a paediatrician if your general physician seeks a specialist opinion on your child’s development and health or believes that your child needs special treatment. Your general physician may refer your child to a paediatrician for further testing and treatment of the following:
- Poor development
- Developmental delay
- Brain issues e.g. epilepsy, seizures
- Sleep difficulties
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Behavioral issues
- Mental disabilities e.g. Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy
A paediatrician may also check your baby right after birth to ensure he or she is healthy.
What Do Paediatricians Offer?
Paediatricians carry out a broad array of health-associated services that cover health and wellness tests to the treatment of complicated medical issues. Paediatricians typically carry out the following activities:
- Physical examinations
- Child vaccinations
- Treatment of injuries and dislocations
- Assessment of a child’s physical and mental development
- Administration of medication
- Diagnosis and treatment of various child health ailments
- Reference to other specialty doctors if necessary
- Provision of general health suggestions
Paediatric doctors go through further education and training in special diagnostic and treatment activities. For example, a child cardiologist has thorough knowledge and training in handling heart problems in minors. They may also possess extra qualifications to carry out different kinds of heart tests and activities. A primary care paediatrician may not possess the special knowledge or training to handle complicated medical conditions in children and may refer parents to the most suitable specialist for extra evaluation and treatment.
How Does Paediatric Medicine Differ From Adult Medicine?
Paediatric medicine differs from adult medicine in several aspects. Firstly, the much smaller size, weight and structure of a baby or child is evidently different from that of an adult. Birth defects, genetic conditions and developmental problems are of higher concern to paediatricians than doctors who treat adults. There are also multiple legal aspects involved in paediatrics. Children are considered not mature enough to make decisions for themselves. The concerns of privacy, legal responsibility and educated consent should always be taken into account in every paediatric process.
Paediatric Specialists at Thomson Hospital
At Thomson Hospital, paediatric specialists work at the forefront of private medicine for minors, providing some of the most qualified care and the latest medical technologies and tools to cover a broad array of health conditions. Our seasoned paediatricians practice in offices that are fully equipped and ideal for proper diagnosis and treatment of various conditions, using the most advanced medical developments to offer the highest care for minors.