What is Pediatrics?

Pediatrics is a medical field that focuses on providing healthcare and medical attention to infants, children, and teenagers from birth to age 18. The term "pediatrics" originates from two Greek words: "pais," meaning "child," and "intros," meaning "doctor" or "healer."

Aims and Focus Areas of Pediatrics

The field of pediatrics has several goals and focus areas, including:

  1. Lowering the number of infant and child deaths: Pediatricians ensure that kids get the proper medical care and attention, which can help keep severe illnesses and injuries from becoming fatal.
  2. Controlling the Spread of Infectious Diseases: Pediatricians are very important in stopping infectious diseases from spreading among children. They promote vaccination and treat contagious diseases to help prevent their spread.
  3. Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Pediatrics' essential focus is promoting healthy lifestyles among children. Pediatricians advise kids on how to eat well, stay active, and do other things to help them live a long, healthy life.
  4. Treating Acute and Chronic Conditions: Pediatricians diagnose and treat a wide range of injuries, infections, genetic and congenital conditions, cancers, organ diseases and dysfunctions, and other medical problems in children.
  5. Long-Term Care for Illnesses: In addition to giving immediate medical care to children, pediatricians also worry about how illnesses will affect a child's quality of life, ability to work, and the chance of survival in the long run.
  6. Prevention and early detection of developmental and behavioural problems: Paediatricians are involved in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of developmental delays and disorders, behavioural issues, functional disabilities, social stresses, and mental conditions, such as depression and anxiety disorders.

Collaboration and Specialization in Pediatrics

  • Collaborative Specialty - Paediatrics is a branch of medicine in which pediatricians work closely with other medical specialists, healthcare professionals, and pediatric subspecialists to ensure that children get the best care possible.
  • Differences from Adult Medicine - Due to children's unique physiological and developmental needs, pediatrics differs from medicine for adults in many ways.
  • Specialized Concerns - Paediatricians have to deal with congenital disabilities, genetic differences, and developmental problems, which are more important for children than adults. Also, pediatric medical care involves legal issues because children are still young and can't make decisions for themselves.
  • Specialized Training - Paediatricians undergo specialised training to provide medical care for children. They begin with a medical school education and then complete three years in an accredited pediatric residency program. During this period, they learn about caring for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Pediatrics Subspecialties

Pediatrics has several subspecialties that deal with specific medical conditions and diseases affecting children. Some of them are:

  • Pediatric Cardiology: This focuses on diagnosing and treating heart problems in children.
  • Critical Care Medicine: This involves the care and management of critically ill children, often in intensive care units.
  • Endocrinology: This deals with disorders of the endocrine system, such as diabetes and growth disorders.
  • Gastroenterology: This involves diagnosing and treating digestive system disorders in children, such as inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Haematology: This focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders in children, such as anaemia and leukaemia.
  • Neonatal Medicine: This subspecialty deals with the medical care of newborn infants, particularly those who are premature or have medical complications.
  • Nephrology: This involves diagnosing and treating kidney diseases in children, such as kidney failure.

Many other subspecialties in pediatrics cater to various medical conditions and diseases that affect children. Choosing the right pediatrician is crucial for you and your child, as you will require his/her service until your child turns a teenager.

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1. How would you define a pediatrician?

A pediatrician is a type of doctor who cares for babies, kids, teens, and young adults. They go through special training to learn about the health and illnesses of children and how to help them. They also help and advise parents about their child's growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition, and emotional well-being. This helps children stay healthy throughout their lives.

2. Can I meet with a pediatrician before my baby is born?

Absolutely! We highly recommend scheduling a prenatal appointment at Apollo Cradle to help you get familiar with our doctors and our practice. This initial visit is an opportunity for us to answer any questions you may have about our services or your upcoming arrival.

3. How can I schedule an appointment with your office?

If you are looking to book an appointment at Apollo Cradle-Jublie Hills, please reach out at (040)- 4424 4424. This number will connect you to the facility's appointment booking department, and they can assist you in scheduling an appointment at a time that works for you.

4. Who can we credit for Pediatrics being a branch of medicine?

Abraham Jacobi, who lived from 1830 to 1919 and is known as the "father of pediatrics," is often credited with starting this field of medicine.

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