Pediatrician is a doctor with specialization in children healthcare.
Unlike adults children would not be able to express their pain and suffering. They just cry indicating discomfort.
A pediatrician is trained to diagnose these children.
In most cases, a pediatrician would be able to tell the health condition of the baby by simple physical examination.
In rare cases they tend to go for blood or other diagnostic methods.
It is quite important to get a new born baby examined by the pediatrician starting from day 1.
What is a pediatrician function
A pediatrician helps to check and identify any health problems or mental status of the baby.
They recommend and even administer vaccines to percent infectious diseases.
They can tell if the baby is getting sufficient nutrition or not.
If the mothers milk is not sufficient, they can recommend suitable substitutes.
Since the baby grows faster, they can keep a check on their appropriate growth rate.
A pediatrician has done his medical course besides three years of specialization in MD pediatrics.
They have rigorous training to take care of child health.
Besides this, they are given regular training and updates for preventive and supportive health care of children.
Since they see only babies on daily basis, they have better knowledge of children than normal doctors.
Why do one need a pediatrician
1. To get health status of new born.
2. To keep up healthy growth of baby and overcome any infections or diseases.
3. For vaccination against deadly diseases in future.
Since babies cannot communicate and it is also difficult to mother to say what is the exact problem with the baby, going to a pediatrician would help to solve the problem.
A pediatrician should be consulted starting from first day of birth and also for few days thereafter for regular monitoring of the condition. Few babies tend to develop jaundice with high fever during first few days. Pediatrician provide phototherapy (UV light) to relieve the jaundice.
How to become a pediatrician:
Those having completed the regular medical course can opt for MD in pediatrics as specialization.
Where do you find a pediatrician: A pediatrician is mostly found in hospitals involved in gynecology and labor. Sometime they also practice separately.