Children are not immune to health problems. In fact, some children may be more vulnerable to certain conditions because of their age or developing bodies. Some children’s health problems can be difficult to diagnose and treat. They can also be overwhelming for parents and caregivers to cope with, especially when unsure of what to do or where to get help. This is where pediatrics Cary comes in.
Pediatric care is a medical specialty devoted to caring for infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatricians often provide primary care and deal with common health issues children face, such as ear infections, colds, and immunizations.
Below are reasons why pediatric care is important.
A primary benefit of pediatric care is that it helps prevent illness in children before they become sick. Regular checkups allow doctors to monitor your child’s health status by examining them physically and checking their vital signs, such as temperature and heart rate. This allows doctors to diagnose and treat illnesses early so treatment can begin immediately.
Promoting healthy growth
Pediatricians play an important role in promoting healthy growth in children by ensuring that they get all the nutrients they need from foods and vitamins and minerals through supplements if needed.
Offer immunization services
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children receive immunizations to protect them from diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, and hepatitis B. Immunizations usually begin at two months and continue until age 6 or 18. Pediatricians ensure that children of all ages are immunized against common illnesses.
Prevent disability in children
Early intervention can help prevent or delay developmental disabilities. The earlier a child receives services, the greater the impact on their life. For example, if a child with a hearing impairment receives early intervention services before six months, they have an 85% chance of developing healthy speech and language skills. With later intervention, that chance drops to 50%.
Reduce the risk of chronic diseases
Some chronic conditions, such as asthma and diabetes, begin in childhood and can be managed more effectively if diagnosed early. Children who receive regular preventive health care are also less likely to develop certain infectious diseases like pneumonia and meningitis, which were once considered relatively common but now can be prevented with immunizations (vaccines).
Comprehensive and quality pediatric care
Pediatricians provide comprehensive medical care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults throughout their development from birth through adolescence until they become young adults. They also help families address issues unique to each stage of life, such as physical growth and mental health, including substance abuse, emotional well-being, and learning disabilities.
Reduce stress and anxiety
The doctor-patient relationship between a child and their doctor is often very important for establishing trust between them. Having an open line of communication with your child’s pediatrician can help reduce stress so that they feel comfortable talking to you about any concerns they may have about their health or behavior;
Pediatricians provide physical examinations, treatment and diagnosis of common and complex problems in infants, children and adolescents. For help with your child’s healthcare, contact Generations Family Practice.