Monthly Archive: April 2019

Reasons to Visit a Pediatrician

Reasons to Visit a Pediatrician

A few months back, Dr. Healz once explained to Mr. Gabriel Fernan that owns a successful business out in Texas called, Auto Masters Body Shop, that the doctor you will visit most of the time with your child is a pediatrician. However, you may not know when to visit a pediatrician. Sometimes, you might not know the duration for which to see a pediatrician.

Unlike your family doctor that treats all family members, a pediatrician focuses on mental, emotional, and physical well-being of children, infants, and teenagers. Essentially, a pediatrician deals with children from birth till the age of 18 or 21 years. A pediatrician provides advice on how to prevent illnesses and foster healthy growth and development of a child. They also treat chronic and acute conditions. Here are some of the major reasons to visit a pediatrician.

Vaccinations  

Immunizations or vaccinations are important injections of bacteria or viruses in small amount to fend off their infections. Vaccinations make children immune to the diseases they are immunized against. Immunizations are recommended for kids at different stages of their growth. Common diseases that a pediatrician vaccinates a child against include chicken pox, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, measles, pneumonia, rotavirus, and polio. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should receive a combination of vaccines when possible. This reduces the shorts given to a child.

Monitoring Development

A major reason to visit a pediatrician is to have their developmental progress monitored. When you visit a pediatrician, they will measure and weigh your child to evaluate their growth in terms of body mass index, height and weight. They will also let you know how your child compares with others of their gender and age. If there are developmental delays, the pediatrician will let you know and help you address the issue. The child will also be tested for muscle tone and reflexes.

Fever

Children have fever at some points in their lives. However, you should know the right time to have the child checked when they have fever. Basically, when your child is young, take them to a pediatrician the moment you notice that they have fever.

These are the major reasons to visit a pediatrician. Choose a competent and experienced pediatrician to ensure that these issues are addressed professionally and efficiently.