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Dr. Smitha Kumar

Dr. Smitha Kumar

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MBBS, DNB - Paediatrics

Pediatrician

15 Years Experience Overall  (15 years as specialist)

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Dr. Smitha Kumar is a pediatrician who does outpatient clinics at Arogya Clinic and Best Hospitals. She has 10 yrs of experience behind her and is a competent clinician offering outpatient as well as inpatient clinical services. Apart from the routine childcare, growth and development monitoring and vaccination services, she has the special interest in breastfeeding counseling and giving parenting tips. She admits inpatients at BEST Hospitals and BRS Hospitals.

T Nagar, Chennai

Arogya Clinic

5.0

14, Balaji Avenue, 1st Street, Landmark: Opposite Vidyodaya School, Chennai

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Mon - Sat

10:30 - 11:30
05:00 - 07:00

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Common questions & answers

Q: Who is a Paediatrician?

A: A paediatrician or a child specialist is a doctor who manages the health of your child. A paediatrician is trained to manage the physical, behavioural, and mental health of a child. A child specialist is trained to treat childhood illnesses, from minor health issues to serious health disorders. A child can be treated by a paediatrician right from birth.

Q: What is the age range of children which a Paediatrician can treat?

A: Paediatricians can treat a child right from birth. From birth till 2 years, there may be many visits to the paediatrician. From age 2 to 5 years, there will be once a year “well-child” visits. After the age of 5 years, paediatric visits will be done annually. Up to the age of 18 years, you can visit a paediatrician.

Q: Can a Paediatrician perform surgery?

A: Paediatricians are concerned with the physical and mental well being of children. Paediatric surgeons specialize in surgeries. A paediatrician can also perform surgeries with the necessary training. Paediatricians may only evaluate and treat children through non-invasive procedures. Paediatric surgeons perform minor surgeries like removal of foreign bodies to major surgeries like cardiac surgery.

Q: What does a paediatrician do?

A: A paediatrician is trained to perform procedures like: vaccine administration, treat dislocated shoulders or elbows, treat minor injuries, remove foreign bodies, split brown bones, perform circumcision. Apart from these specific procedures paediatricians also ensure well-being of the child through routine examinations. They also handle conditions that affect new born children.

Q: How is a Paediatrician different from a general physician?

A: Paediatricians and physicians are both doctors, but treat patients belonging to different age groups. Paediatricians specialize in treating patients aged 18 years and younger, while general physician treats patients above the age of 18 years. Paediatricians focus on providing medical care to infants, children and teenagers. Physicians may specialize in certain field of medicine.

Specializations

Education

MBBS - University of Calicut Kerala, 2001
DNB - Paediatrics - Madras Medical College, Chennai, 2005

Memberships

Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP)

Experience

2005 - 2010 Registrar at BRS Hospitals
2011 - 2013 Senior Registrar at Mehta Hospitals
2013 - Present Consultant at BEST Hospital, BRS Hospitals

Registrations

70101 Tamil Nadu Medical Council, 2002
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