A pediatrician is a doctor who treats and works with children. They provide preventative medicine and medical care for children who are ill or dealing with a chronic condition. They are concerned with the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of the children they treat. They will work with their patients as they progress through each stage of development and address any issues which may arise during that time. Pediatricians focus on infants and children through age 21 and will help them to foster healthy lifestyle habits.
Pediatrics differs from adult medicine in quite a few ways. The smaller body of the infant or child has a substantially different physiology from that of a full grown adult. Treating a child is not like treating a small adult, especially since their bodies are changing and growing continuously. Congenital defects, genetic differences, and developmental issues are more of a concern to pediatricians than they are to physicians who take care of adults. Children also cannot make decisions for themselves and often do not understand and can’t understand what is going on inside their bodies and because of this, pediatricians have to be specially trained to communicate with children and their parents.
Like internists, many pediatricians pursue a subspecialty. This is a more specific area of study and requires further training. Subspecialties in pediatrics include:
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