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Why Pediatrician, Why Not Physician?

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by Premier Hospitals | April 1, 2019 |

Being a parent is not an easy task, because it requires a lot of advanced planning and details to work out for our children. Most people want the best for their child and see that they are safe, eat as healthily as possible and do well in school. When they fall sick, they often look for a doctor who can help them get better as soon as possible. A common dilemma faced by the parents, during this process is whether to look for a pediatrician or a family physician? Both pediatricians and physicians are qualified to take care of your children. But as a parent, you have to look for a pediatrician rather than a physician for better medical care of your child. Continue your reading to know why we should prefer a pediatrician over a physician.

Pediatricians vs Physicians

Pediatricians have a specific focus on children and are better at talking to kids at their level and to parents about delicate, personal issues with sensitivity and understanding. This may or may not be among the best assets of a physician.

Who Is A Pediatrician?

Pediatricians are the physicians specialized to provide medical care for children, that is required from the moment they are born, up until the time they become adults. Pediatrics focuses on the physical and emotional well-being of children at every stage of development, in both sickness and health.

A pediatric doctor is also trained to understand child development and look for signs and symptoms of developmental disorders that specifically affect young children. However, the primary focus of a pediatrician is to treat and prevent illnesses in children.

Job Responsibilities Of A Pediatrician Include:

  • Have regular medical appointments with kids and their parents
  • Educate parents about health issues that affect their child
  • Review patient charts in order to ensure that children require immunizations
  • Determine whether a child needs to see a specialist
  • Create awareness among the parents about the nutritional needs of their child

Who Is A Physician?

A physician is a licensed medical doctor who might have completed several years of post-secondary study to earn a medical degree. They can work in a range of specializations or with patients of any age and are more likely to see patients when they have a medical problem. He may opt to specialize in a certain field of medicine and work with patients suffering from certain medical issues such as reproductive problems or kidney disease.

Job Responsibilities Of A Physician include:

  • See patients with scheduled appointments
  • Check on test results for patients
  • Order medical tests in order to confirm a diagnosis
  • Discuss health issues with their patients
  • Teach patients about how to care for injuries
  • Prescribe medications
  • Refer patients to specialists

Why Pediatrician Over Physician?

Pediatricians work in varied aspects of children health. They are the certified physicians highly trained in identifying, diagnosing, preventing and managing the issues that affect your children. Pediatricians are involved with the prevention, early detection and management of problems found in children including:-
  • Developmental delays and disorders
  • Behavioural problems
  • Functional disabilities
  • Social stresses
  • Mental disorders like depression and anxiety disorders
  Throughout this process of considering a pediatrician, stay as clear and straightforward as you can. Make sure you see the office and are confident you and your child will feel comfortable with the environment because medical care is an important part of a child’s life and they deserve high-quality care. Be sure to disclose your family's full medical history, because the pediatrician may not have full access to your family's medical records which can be problematic if your child has any hereditary health conditions or illness. Premier Hospital has a good complement of pediatricians and neonatologists. Appointments can be made over the phone and also through the website.

About The Hospital:

Since the inception of Premier Hospital in 1991 till today, we have grown to unprecedented levels, due to our excellence in medical sciences and healthcare. Premier Hospital is the creation of Dr Mahesh Marda and when it was first established, was only a small, 30-bed hospital facility. Back then, we provided only secondary care to patients, but that certainly has changed in the present landscape.