|1||Dr.VIMAL KUMAR, M.D.,DNB.,||PAEDIATRICIAN||CONSULTATION BY APPOINTMENT|
A pediatrician is a medical doctor who manages the physical, behavioral, and mental care for children from birth until age 18. A pediatrician is trained to diagnose and treat a broad range of childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases.
What Does Your Pediatrician Do?
Your pediatrician will see your baby many times from birth to age 2 and annually from age 2 to age 5 for "well-child visits." After age 5, your pediatrician will likely see your child every year for annual checkups. Your pediatrician is also the first person to call whenever your child is sick.
In caring for your child, a pediatrician will:
- Do physical exams
- Give recommended immunizations
- Make sure your child is meeting developmental milestones in growth, behavior, and skills
- Diagnose and treat your child's illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems
- Give you information about your child's health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs
- Answer your questions about your child’s growth and development
- Refer to and collaborate with a specialist should your child become ill and need care beyond the pediatrician's expertise.
Why Do You Need a Pediatrician?
Family doctors can also provide routine care for your child. Choosing between a family doctor and a pediatrician can be a personal preference.
Here are some reasons to consider choosing a pediatrician:
- Pediatricians have specialized training in the physical, emotional, and behavioral needs of children.
- Pediatricians only see children, so they often have a broader experience recognizing and treating childhood illnesses.
- If your baby was born early or has a health condition that needs close monitoring, a pediatrician may offer more specialized care.