Importance of Pediatricians

A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the care of children; in Latin, a pediatrician is literally a “healer of children”. Caring for children is distinctly different than caring for adults, since children have unique medical conditions and issues which adults do not face. Pediatricians understand that children are not simply small adults, they often present different symptoms from adults. They may need different prescriptions or treatments than adults. Pediatricians are specially trained to recognize the importance of these differences, especially with young children and newborns. A pediatrician is a child's physician who provides preventive health maintenance for healthy children and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill. Pediatricians manage the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their patients, in every stage of development -- in good health or in illness.

A pediatrician has completed a three year medical residency after medical school focusing only on children. As part of their extensive training, pediatricians are experienced in the physical, emotional, and social development of children. Pediatricians answer your questions, helping you to understand and promote your child's healthy development. Pediatricians also address issues affecting a child's family and home environment.

Generally, pediatricians focus on babies, children, adolescents, and young adults from birth to age 21 years and are trained to:
• reduce infant and child illnesses and death
• treat, prevent and control acute illness and injury
• encourage safe and healthy lifestyles
• ease the difficulties of children and adolescents with chronic conditions
Guide you in anticipating your child's needs from newborn to 21

Pediatricians diagnose and treat:
• infections
• injuries
• genetic defects
• malignancies
• organic diseases and dysfunctions

But, pediatricians are concerned with more than physical well-being. They also are involved with the prevention, early detection, and management of other problems that affect children and adolescents, including:
• behavioral difficulties
• developmental disorders
• social struggles
• depression or anxiety disorders