Gone are the days when we visited the “family doctor” for all our ailments. Parents now approach paediatricians if their children are sick. So, how do you know you've chosen the right one?
By Ram Shankar
Many Indian parents, particularly those from the rural and semi-urban areas, still consult a general practitioner for their children’s illness. I still remember our friendly neighbourhood ‘doctor uncle’ treating my little brother as well as my grandmother. Many families have a ‘family doctor’ who treats all the major ‘ailments’ of the household! But general practitioner’s approach to an ailment may not be suitable for a child. A friend of mine shares her experience: “We took our 9-month-old daughter, who had a severe cough, to a general practitioner. He prescribed antibiotics for her!” Situations like this underline the importance of consulting a specialist; in this case a paediatrician. A paediatrician would have treated the ailment in a way that’s more apt to the age and symptoms of the child.
A paediatrician is a doctor who specialises in treating the ailments of young children. He is also well versed in the overall management of the health of children. He can also advise you on aspects like the child’s growth and development milestones, any developmental delays, nutrition, and immunisation. Usually, paediatricians have an MBBS degree with a specialisation in paediatrics leading to an MD. A few of them obtain a DNB certification after MBBS. Both these degrees are valid qualifications for practising paediatrics in India.
Any doctor who had obtained a DNB or MD in paediatrics can become a paediatrician. But the qualities mentioned above define a great paediatrician.
Visits to a doctor may sometimes be inevitable. And, most children are terrified of the idea. So, how do you make these visits less scary for your child? Read the following article to find out.
You need to have some special safety checks in place if you have a bouncy two-year-old at home. R...
Have a preschooler at home? Check out the important cognitive milestones for three-year-olds.
Watch what you’re saying in front of your children. They are absorbing everything and could well ...