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Who is a Paediatrician?

A paediatrician is a medical physician who specialises in treating infants, children, adolescents and young adults up to 21 years of age. Paediatric care may begin before conception and continue throughout pregnancy. A child doctor may help in diagnosing all medical conditions in children. They are also known as child specialists as they provide both medical care and preventive health services to children. They keep a check on the mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing of children at every stage of development.

What is Meant by Paediatrics?

Paediatrics is the specific branch of medicine that deals with the health and medical care of children. It is associated with the social, physical, and mental health of children. Paediatric care encloses a wide range of health services in children ranging from preventive health care to diagnosis and the treatment of chronic and acute diseases.

Roles and Responsibilities of a Paediatrician

Paediatricians are responsible for evaluating, diagnosing and treating all the psychological and physical health issues in children.

Some of their roles and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Determining and diagnosing psychological and physiological medical conditions of patients.
  • Treating physiological and psychological health disorders and diseases.
  • Specifying several treatments and medications to all the patients.
  • Ordering and examining the laboratory and diagnostic procedures and tests.
  • Performing and supervising surgeries.
  • Maintaining detailed and accurate documentation related to patient care.

When Should You Consult a Paediatrician?

Caregivers and parents may take their child to a paediatrician for visits annually. A child specialist may keep track of the child’s physical and emotional development and inform parents about their child’s health.

If you have any queries related to your child’s health, you should consult a child specialist online. 

Signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • Severe headaches, ear pain, and sore throat
  • Fever, illness, and drowsiness
  • Vomiting, rashes, and diarrhoea

What Conditions do Paediatricians Treat?

A child specialist detects and treats a variety of medical conditions among children, which includes:

  • Organ dysfunctions and diseases
  • Injuries and cancer infections
  • Congenital and genetic conditions

A child doctor is concerned about the development of the child’s illness and its long term effects on the quality of life. A child specialist is responsible for the prevention, early signs and proper management of health problems.

It includes the following health concerns:

  • Social stresses
  • Behavioural issues
  • Mental disorders
  • Functional disabilities
  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Developmental disorders and delays

Paediatricians assist in keeping children healthy by evaluating their development and growth. They help in preventing illnesses by providing general health advice and giving vaccinations as and when required. A child specialist treats several common injuries and diseases affecting children.

Types of Processes Followed by a Paediatrician

A child doctor performs a wide range of health-related services. These services range from wellness and health screening to management of complicated medical conditions. 

Some of the procedures that a child doctor perform are as follows:

  • Detecting and treating different medical conditions.
  • Evaluating children’s social, physical, and emotional development.
  • Providing general health-related advice.
  • Conducting physical examinations and giving vaccinations.
  • Treating several injuries such as fractures and dislocations.
  • Prescribing medications like antibiotics and pain relievers.

Where to Find a Paediatrician?

You can easily consult a paediatrician online using the Apollo 24|7 app or website. The online healthcare platform aims to connect you to the best child specialists who can help you manage and treat various medical conditions among children. Book an appointment from the comfort of your home and get an online consultation using the Apollo 24|7 app or website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pediatricians are doctors who manage the health of your child, including physical, behavior, and mental health issues. They're trained to diagnose and treat childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases. Pediatricians have an education that gives them special skills to take care of your child's health. Pediatricians can help diagnose and treat medical conditions in children.

A pediatrician sees a child many times from birth to age 2 to 5 and once a year. They're also the first person to call whenever the child is sick. A pediatrician does physical examination of children and gives them vaccination. Pediatricians are trained to treat children’s illness, infections, injuries and other health problems. They also provide information about a child's health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs.

To consult a pediatrician online, click on the ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ section on the Apollo 24/7 app or website. Then type ‘Pediatrician’ in the search bar to find a list of pediatricians, along with their consultation timings. Choose one that suits your requirements and click on the ‘Consult’ button to book an appointment with a pediatrician.

Yes, pediatricians are trained to care for children through their various developmental stages and can treat a wide range of medical problems. Pediatricians can also help children with behavioral and psychiatric problems.

You can consult a pediatrician if your child has a fever and looks very ill, is unusually drowsy, has other symptoms such as a stiff neck, severe headache, severe sore throat, severe ear pain or repeated vomiting or diarrhea, and has had a seizure.

Pediatricians are usually referred to as ‘child specialists’ due to their specialization in treating a wide range of medical conditions in children.

Yes, on Apollo 24/7, you can consult a pediatrician anytime. Our pediatricians are available round-the-clock for online consultations. Just pick your preferred slot and book a consultation.

Apollo 24/7 has the best pediatricians in India who are available round-the-clock to offer you an online consultation. All our doctors are highly-qualified and experienced to ensure that all the healthcare needs of your children are taken care of.

Yes, all pediatricians on the 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.

Paediatricians treat patients right from birth up to the age of 18 years.

No. Paediatricians treat the conditions related to children while general physicians are concerned with the treatment of conditions in adults. The focus of paediatricians is to provide medical care to infants, children, and adolescents.

Though paediatricians can perform surgeries, they usually stick to non-surgical procedures to treat children. If a child is diagnosed with a medical condition that requires surgery, the paediatrician may refer the child to a paediatric surgeon who is a specialist in performing surgeries.

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