1. Who is a Paediatrician?
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.
2. What is the age range of children which a Paediatrician can treat?
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.
3. Can a Paediatrician perform surgery?
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.
4. What does a paediatrician do?
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.
5. How is a Paediatrician different from a general physician?
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.
Paediatrics is basically a branch of medicine which encompasses medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. A paediatrician not only diagnoses illnesses and other problems with children but also prescribes the treatment to be followed. In short, a paediatrician manages complete health of a child; this includes physical health, behavioural issues, and mental health of a child.
You should consult a paediatrician if your child has fever, has developed some kind of allergy, has flu, is not eating well, is irritated and cranky etc. A Paediatrician also needs to be consulted during times of emergency, for instance if the child has swallowed something accidently or if the child has injured himself or has fainted etc. When a child is born, it is the paediatrician who first examines a child to ensure his/ her well-being. During the early years of childhood, a paediatrician needs to be visited regularly for administering vaccinations to the child.
There are so many different specialization areas of a paediatrician. Some specialize in disorders of stomach and digestive system of children. They are known as Paediatric gastroenterologists. Then there are Paediatric critical care specialists who handle extremely sick children. Children with congenital heart diseases or any heart condition need to consult paediatric cardiologists. For young patients suffering from problems such as seizures, severe headaches, epilepsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, brain tumours, Tourette's syndrome, sleeping disorders there are Paediatric neurologists. Paediatric emergency medicine specialists treat children in emergency conditions
The consultation fee of a paediatrician in Delhi begins at Rs 500/-.
Counselling session in Delhi costs between Rs.500/- and Rs 1,500. The cost of administering vaccinations to children is from Rs. 500/- to Rs 6,000/-.
Paediatricians offer different kind of treatments as per the need of the child.
Counselling sessions: For children battling with body image issues, abuse etc counselling session with paediatricians help in satisfying their doubts and removing apprehensions.
Common cold and cough treatment: Children with cough and cold are given medications.
Ear Pain: Ear pain is quite common in children and for this antibiotic treatment is offered.
UTI Treatment: Some children face regular UTI. The doctor provides treatment based on bacteria found in the child's urine.
Congenital heart disease: Paediatric cardiologists use different techniques to treat children with congenital heart disease.
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