Often, infants and children require special medical attention. Due to their young and developing bodies, they are prone to conditions that are often not witnessed in adults. Therefore, there is a special branch of medicine that specifically deals with children below 18 years of age. It is known as Pediatrics. A doctor who specialises in this branch of medicine is known as a Pediatrician. Often, they help manage and diagnose physical, developmental and behavioural issues in children. There are many services that come under pediatrics, such as emergency medicine, neurology, psychiatry etc.

What is Pediatrics?

Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that involves the medical care and health of infants, children and pre-adolescents until the age of 18 years. It not only deals with the immediate well-being of unwell children but aims to improve the overall health of children by providing preventive care and management. One of the important functions of a pediatrician is to advise parents regarding regular vaccinations to keep children away from life-threatening illnesses.

What are the different types of pediatric procedures?

Pediatricians diagnose and treat conditions in children, including injuries, wounds, infections and other genetic conditions. They also specialise in detecting other problems, such as

  • Behavioural issues
  • speech delays
  • developmental delays
  • mental disorders
  • functional issues.

When should you opt for pediatric services?

Any child who comes under the age of 18 years should be brought to a Pediatrician for specialised treatment. You can also take your child to see a pediatrician at the earliest under the following circumstances-

  • a fever of 103 degrees for more than a day
  • Persistent cough and cold
  • refusing food and liquids
  • Loose motions and vomiting
  • a severe injury or blow to the head.

In children, these situations can be life-threatening if medical attention is not provided right away.

Who qualifies for specialised pediatric procedures?

When you visit a doctor with a medical issue regarding your child, your doctor will assess the need for specialised care. They will then recommend you to a pediatric specialist who deals with advanced procedures. Specialised pediatric procedures include the following-

  • Neonatal care for newborns born prematurely
  • A simple removal of foreign bodies from the nose, ears etc
  • Treatment and care of fractures or other bone dislocations
  • Treating injuries that require stitches and other minor surgical procedures.
  • Circumcision

What are the benefits of pediatric services?

Pediatrics primarily focuses on the well-being of children and young adults. Pediatricians have a better understanding of the child's anatomy. When you visit a Pediatrician, you will receive specialised treatment for your child's health issues.

Other benefits of pediatric services include the following-

  • Specialised treatment for abnormalities and other malignant conditions in children
  • Treats medical conditions with utmost care and importance
  • Focuses on the good mental and physical development of the child
  • Aftercare services include emotional support to help the child get back to normal life after recovery
  • Provides parents with advice related to the right nutrition for the normal growth and development of the child
  • Pediatrics also includes preventive measures like vaccinations to keep children away from life-threatening illnesses.


It can be quite worrying for parents when children fall ill. It is advised to visit a good Pediatrician for your child. They will provide you with the best treatment plan to help your child recover better and faster. Also, timely and correct treatment is significant. It is essential to take your child to a Pediatrician every 6 months for preventive measures. Remember to keep yourself updated with their vaccination schedule as well.

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1. Can I take my 16-year-old child to a pediatrician for fever?

Yes. A pediatrician is a doctor that specializes in treating children until the age of 18 years. They can help you provide specialized treatment for your 16-year-old child.

2. My child is showing symptoms of ADHD. Which doctor should I consult?

A proper diagnosis is significant to ascertain the condition. It is essential that you visit a pediatrician who will guide you to the right treatment course.

3. Which is the most common pediatric disorder?

Cold, cough and seasonal flu are the most common pediatric disorders. You can consult your pediatrician for preventive measures and the best care for your children under these circumstances.

4. My pediatrician recommended flu shots for my 5 years and 9-year-old children. Is it necessary?

Flu vaccines help prevent serious health issues that can arise from the spread of the flu virus. Therefore, you can go ahead with the shots, especially if your pediatrician has recommended it.

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