A pediatrician partners with you to monitor and ensure your baby’s health and well-being. When it comes to your child’s health, regular medical visits are crucial in fostering wellness. You and your pediatrician will form a trusting relationship where you collaborate effectively while your baby grows and develops.
What does a paediatrician do?
A pediatrician is a physician who specializes in the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. They are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including regular well-child examinations as well as detecting and treating illnesses, and injuries, and they manage physical, behavioral, and developmental problems.
Why do you need regular visits to the paediatrician?
Pediatricians should not only be consulted when your child is sick, but also as a useful resource for keeping your child healthy. Visiting the doctor on a regular basis can help you avoid health problems and illness before anything serious arises. Wellness visits are a preventative measure and the pediatrician can quickly determine if your child’s development and growth are on track.
How often should your child see a paediatrician?
The first year of your child’s life will be a busy one with regular wellness checks and immunizations. Thereafter, routine physical checks are recommended to ensure your child is meeting developmental milestones. While every child is different and may meet different milestones at different ages, pediatricians can still use indicators to detect any health concerns.
What factors does the frequency of visits to the paediatrician depend on?
While immunization schedules and check-ups are needed within the first year, there may be other reasons when to see a pediatrician:
The Common Cold
Many parents take their children to the doctor for a common cold, which is encouraged because this ailment can have a variety of side effects and can progress to a more serious condition.
A painful throat could be an indication of strep throat, which is a bacterial illness that requires immediate treatment.
Children are more likely than adults to have ear infections, making it a common cause to see a pediatrician. It is important to relieve pain and any associated fever.
It is common for children to be picky eaters, making it difficult for parents to ensure that they are getting the recommended daily nutrients. A pediatrician can provide nutritional guidance to ensure the child has a good diet.
A pediatrician can diagnose behavioral issues in children, which will help parents to determine whether their child’s behaviors are typical.
How often to see a paediatrician after birth?
In their first year of life, babies grow quickly. It is critical to keep track of their weight gain, growth, and development to ensure they are on track for their age and gender. The following baby check-up visits are required in the first twelve months.
The birth check happens within a couple of hours of your baby being born. Your pediatrician will check that your new baby is healthy and well, measure the baby’s weight and head size, and check the heart, lungs, pulses, nerve responses, sex, hips, eyes, and ears.
At Four Weeks
A baby’s first health examination should take place within the first four weeks of their life. The pediatrician will do a full evaluation of the newborn to ensure that all is well.
At Two Months / Six Weeks
Your child will need vaccines such as Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B, Polio, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), Rotavirus, and Pneumococcal. Your pediatrician will also do a physical examination to test the eyes, heart, pulses, responsiveness, weight, length, and head circumference.
At Four Months
During this check-up, the pediatrician assesses if your baby is rolling over, reaching, grabbing, and is alert. It is also important to check the overall trend of your baby’s length, weight, and head circumference measurements, and that development is on target. Another round of vaccines will also need to be administered.
At Six Months
In addition to all the routine checks and vaccines, at this visit, your baby’s doctor will be looking at your little one’s gums for signs of teeth. Some other evaluations will include checking if the child can hold objects, sit up with head control, and interact.
At 12 months
The pediatrician will once again complete a full physical, developmental, behavioral, and dental examination. Vaccinations for Meningococcal, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Pneumococcal will be given. Typically, the next check-up will be at 18 months, and after your child reaches age 2, make a well-child appointment once a year.
When do you stop seeing a paediatrician?
Pediatricians are trained to treat teenagers and young adults up to the ages of 18-21 years. Sometimes adolescents feel uncomfortable seeing their childhood doctor and may want to see a normal physician. It is a personal preference to move to a general physician if you believe your child has outgrown seeing their pediatrician.