Picking a Pediatrician can be an exciting as well as a stressful situation. It certainly shouldn’t be stressful but it should be one of the first things you do as a parent. It is critical you do some homework and conduct a search of prospective Pediatricians to ensure that the care of your child is under control. Most Pediatricians are responsible for your child’s health care until they are an adult so it is critical that you find a Medical Professional that you feel comfortable with. You should look for a trusted healthcare provider who you can get some reviews or recommendations on. The Pediatrician should have a history of providing a very high quality level of care and someone who you feel comfortable with as you will be seeing or talking to them very frequently about your child’s health. Take your time and find the medical professional who best fills your need, you will know when it is right.
What is a Pediatrician?
Most of you already know but here is a quick summary of what a Pediatrician does. A Pediatrician is a Medical Professional who manages your child’s care from birth until approximately age of 21. They are responsible for the physical, behavioral and mental health of your child. In order to be in charge of your child’s care from such a broad sense they must be highly trained to diagnose and treat so many illnesses that affect children. In addition to the med school and residency Pediatricians are required by the Medical board of Pediatrics to meet regularly to continue their education and stay current with ever changing environment.
What do Pediatricians do?
Pediatricians manage your child’s health care from birth. They will see your children frequently between birth and 2 years of age, once you child hits 2 years old they typically will only see your child once a year.
Here are a few of the things you can expect from the Pediatrician; physical exams, immunizations, diagnose illnesses and create treatment plans to get back on track, monitoring and measuring developmental milestones for growth, behavior and skills, developing plans for your child’s nutrition and fitness.
Your Pediatrician is your first line of defense, they should be your first contact whenever there is an issue that you have a concern about. They should always be contacted immediately for help or questions about health concerns. Your Pediatrician will serve as a leader with respect to other Medical Professionals when it comes to your child development. They are not afraid to collaborate with specialists and other experts when it comes to your child’s care. That is the foremost concern for you as a parent and for your Pediatrician as the primary health care provider of your child.
In Conclusion, Pediatricians are specialized Medical Doctors whose focus is on children. They diagnose and treat children from birth to approximately 21 years of age. Pediatricians are highly specialized and only make up approximately 5% of all Physicians. Most work as general practitioners who meet with Children and Parent at least once a year. Pediatricians spend a lot of time analyzing medical history, administering treatment and explaining medical procedures to parents. Most Pediatricians initially work within a larger organization due to the start-up costs involved. Parents should feel good about the care of their children and choose to have them under the care of a Pediatrician.