Importance of Paediatrician in a Child's life

by Dr. Srinivasa Murthy C L

For a parent, nothing is more important than their child’s health, and choosing the right paediatrician thus becomes extremely important for them. From prenatal to adulthood, children go through different stages of development, and at each phase, they require a different approach to treatment. Paediatricians, thus, become essential in a child’s life as they are well-trained doctors who specialize in providing the best treatment for your child and offer them complete care for minor to more complex health problems.

Why is it important for your child to visit a paediatrician?

Paediatricians take care of a broad range of healthcare needs of children, teens and young adults which includes:

  • Annual check-ups and evaluations
  • Routine immunizations
  • Treatment of a minor or severe illness, infection or injury
  • Referrals to a specialist if needed
  • Congenital conditions
  • Genetic conditions
  • Organ diseases.

They also play a significant role in monitoring your child’s growth and are able to prevent or diagnose the following disorders:

  • Developmental delays
  • Learning delays
  • Mental-health concerns like depression or anxiety
  • Behavioural issues.

Which are some of the most common childhood illnesses?

Some of the most common childhood illnesses are:

  • Cough and cold
  • Ear infection
  • Croup
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Food allergies
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Whooping cough.

Who is a neonatologist?

Neonatologists are child doctors who specialize in managing the most complex and high-risk situations that arise in critically ill newborns. These doctors ensure proper nutrition, growth and healing of critically ill newborns.

When should you consult a pediatric neonatologist?

If your child was born prematurely or has an illness, birth defects, or injuries then you must consult a neonatologist. These doctors also specialize in dealing with congenital deformities in children and are involved in managing birth defects that may arise during pregnancy.

What is pediatric haematology?

This is a branch of medicine that specializes in treating patients with blood-related diseases or blood-forming organs using the latest technologies.

What is the role of pediatric oncologists?

Paediatric oncologists specialize in diagnosing and treating benign and malignant cancers that develop in an infant, children, adolescents, and teenagers.

What happens during the first visit to a paediatrician?

During your first visit to a paediatrician, the doctor gathers general information regarding your child’s health and family’s medical history. They review this information and perform a complete physical examination of the child to suggest tests, check-ups and investigations to determine your child’s health.

Till what age can a child consult a paediatrician?

Right from birth to the adolescent stage, paediatricians specialize in providing complete care and treatment for your child. After 18 years of age, patients are then referred to a physician or a family doctor to continue their healthcare journey.