Table of contents:
- He alth Conditions Treated by Pediatricians
- Preparing Before Going to the Pediatrician
- Checkup When Visiting the Pediatrician
Pediatrician consultation can be done both for routine checks on children's he alth and when children fall ill. Find out what things your pediatrician can handle, what you need to prepare before consulting, and what tests may be done
Pediatricians or pediatricians are doctors who focus on treating children's he alth in the age range of 0–18 years. To become a pediatrician, a general practitioner must continue his studies to a specialist doctor education program in the field of pediatrics in order to obtain the title of Pediatrician (Sp.A).
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He alth Conditions Treated by Pediatricians
Pediatricians have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of children's he alth, including children's physical, mental, emotional, growth and development and social he alth. Pediatricians have the competence to detect and treat he alth problems, such as:
- Infectious diseases, such as flu, strep throat, pneumonia, tuberculosis (TB), or urinary tract infections
- Non-infectious diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, cancer, or mental disorders
- Developmental disorders
Not only providing medical treatment for sick children, pediatricians can also provide he alth services to prevent or reduce the risk of disease in he althy children.
In consultation, the pediatrician can tell parents about how to care for their child during illness and undergoing treatment, how to monitor the child's growth and development, and how to take care of the child's physical and mental condition.
Preparing Before Going to the Pediatrician
Before doing the consultation, prepare the following things to make it easier for the pediatrician to diagnose and determine the right treatment:
- Complaints and symptoms experienced by children
- History of illness of children and family members
- History of he alth during pregnancy
- Child birth history
- Record of completeness of child immunization
- List of drugs and supplements consumed by children
- Record of changes in child's height and weight
In addition to the things above, make a list of questions you want to ask your pediatrician. You are also advised to bring the equipment needed by the child, such as diapers, clothes, food, drinks, or children's toys.
Besides, make an appointment in advance to make sure the pediatrician's practice schedule you want to see and so you don't have to wait long.
Checkup When Visiting the Pediatrician
When you consult, the pediatrician will ask questions about the complaints and symptoms experienced by the child. In addition, the pediatrician may also ask about the child's medical history, the child's immunization history, and a history of illness in the family.
During the examination to the pediatrician, the child's height and weight will be measured. The doctor will also perform a physical examination, for example on the child's eyes, ears, mouth, chest and abdomen, as well as additional examinations if necessary.
Take advantage of the consultation time with the pediatrician as much as possible. If there's something you still don't understand, don't hesitate to ask questions until you do. If necessary, repeat or draw a brief conclusion at the end of the conversation with the doctor to confirm the information you received.
If you still have questions after consulting your pediatrician directly, you can ask them via chat with your pediatrician on the ALODOKTER application.