When your child is growing up, you want to be sure that they have access to the best medical care if they ever get sick. Luckily, the US has excellent Pediatric System, with Pediatric Physicians trained in all areas of childhood medicine such as newborns, behavior, and nutrition.
When you are pregnant, you will start the search for a reliable physician and will likely use the same one or clinic for many years. The pediatric physicians at the clinic will provide all-round care from birth until around 21 years of age. A lot of changes occur during this time so having access to an experienced and friendly pediatrician will take some of the worries out of parenting.
‘Big Picture’ Treatment
There isn’t a one size fits all approach in pediatrics, and the physician will appreciate the uniqueness of your child. As a parent, it is common to compare our children to others especially regarding growth and education, which can lead to concerns about their overall development. Usually, there is nothing to worry about, but your pediatrician will be on hand to put your mind at rest.
Over time your pediatrician will develop a detailed picture of your child and advise you on the best treatments should a problem be identified. They will also carry out regular well-child exams which check your child’s overall health, eating habits, and behavior.
A Safe and Confidential Space
The well-child exams not only check your child’s general health but also provide a safe place for you to address your concerns, however stupid you think they may be. Pediatric Physicians will always tell you it is better to be safe than sorry, so ask any questions you have and expect reassurance and advice as standard.
As your child gets older, they will experience a wide range of confusing emotions as their body changes. It is at this stage that they will start thinking about sex and recreational drugs; as well as, having problems ‘fitting in’ and physical conditions such as acne. This is where the importance of trust cannot be underestimated.
As your child is likely to have developed a relationship with the team at the clinic, they may feel comfortable discussing some issues which they feel awkward about talking to you about. This is perfectly normal, and the pediatricians will have years of experience and training on the various problems that arise and how best to address them.
A Smile Makes All the Difference
Trips to a clinic or hospital are never high on the ‘to-do’ list for parents and their kids, which is why a friendly face can make all the difference on those occasions when you do need to go.
The pediatrician should have a friendly disposition and naturally be able to put your child at ease, no matter what the situation. Treatments like immunizations go much more smoothly if your child is distracted by a smile and a joke.
The Right Solution for Your Child
General pediatric physicians will usually be the first port of call for general health concerns. They will be able to treat a variety of medical issues and, but sometimes it is useful to have a specialist close at hand.
If your pediatrician is board-certified, they will specialize in a specific field, which means your child will have access to the latest medical knowledge and treatment techniques in that area. If not, they will know which physician will be able to offer the best treatment.
These days, many pediatricians work in small groups under one roof, which is ideal for everyone and will minimize the disruption and trauma of treatment. There will be a selection of doctors and nurses in a place which is familiar to you and your child.
There to Help…Always
Pediatric Physicians play such a vital role during the little one’s formative years, so you need to know you are in the best possible hands. They will be there for you with advice, encouragement and a friendly smile whenever you need it.