Why contact a paediatrician?
Create a positive atmosphere in an uneasy period.
As a parent, you want to ensure that your child receives the utmost care at all times. That’s what a paediatrician provides. Whilst most doctors deal with emotional issues, paediatricians deal with extremely sick children. Children who are easily frightened. Who are unwell and scared but put on a brave face nonetheless. Therefore, paediatricians must be friendly, non-threatening and engaging when examining children. They want to be the light in the dark and the foundation that helps heal your family. Your child might see a paediatrician should your GP want a specialist opinion. This could be in regards to your child’s health, growth and development or speculations over a need for specialised care and treatment. For example, your child might be referred to a paediatrician for further assessment and treatment of:
Allergies | Asthma | Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) | Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) | Behavioural Issues | Cancer | Cerebral Palsy | Cystic Fibrosis | Developmental Delay | Developmental Dysplasia | Diabetes | Down Syndrome | Epilepsy | Faecal Incontinence or Constipation | Fragile X Syndrom | Meningitis | Sleep Problems | Stunted Growth | and more
Paediatricians remain the bedrock of Educational Assessments’ service. Like us, they want the best for youngsters and their families. That’s why we work with a full range of paediatric services, who hold their hand from diagnosis through to treatment and potential surgery. By creating a positive atmosphere in an uneasy period, paediatric consultants really can make a difference. This diverse field encompasses everything from community-based services to neonatal intensive care. We provide specialist advice, diagnosis and treatment for children and young people. Our experienced paediatric consultants and play specialists ensure the best for your child.
What paediatricians are there?
Paediatricians can be divided into four key areas
This holistic speciality manages medical conditions affecting infants, children and young people. They strive to minimise the adverse effects of mental and social symptoms while allowing children to live as normal a life as possible.
A hospital role covering children from birth to young adulthood (the age of sixteen). Most paediatricians have this generalist role.
This role specialises in looking after newborn babies. It is usually based in an intensive care unit looking after premature babies or those with problems at birth.
These doctors are community-based. They look after children with physical disabilities and developmental, social or behavioural problems.
This is a small area which is a speciality in its own right. These doctors diagnose and treat children with cardiac (heart) conditions.
How will seeing a paediatrician help my family?
We will impart relevant advice and strategies to help you and your child.
A paediatrician is a medical doctor. Specifically, one that’s focused on the health, growth and development of babies, children and teenagers. Paediatricians specialise in certain areas but diagnose and treat a range of ailments. These include psychological disorders, physical injuries and infectious diseases. They also understand how different illnesses and conditions relate to and conflate each other. With this said, many common childhood illnesses are known by your GP. So, if you think your child needs to see a paediatrician, discuss your concerns with your GP. They will assess your child and make a referral to an appropriate paediatrician. If Educational Assessments has been recommended to you by family or friends, discuss this with your GP, and your GP can arrange a referral.
You can also see a paediatrician without a referral from your GP. Yet, doing so without a referral means you will not get a refund from Medicare.
A private paediatrician’s fees vary, and there is usually some cost to you, usually called “out-of-pocket expenses”. When you make the appointment, you can ask how much it will cost and how much you will get back from Medicare. Once in contact with a paediatrician, the length of your appointment will vary. More often than not, this will depend on the reasons we need to see your child. Educational Assessments expect you to attend the appointment with your child. Initial assessments usually discuss your concerns about how your child manages at home, nursery or school. Our team will ask for detailed information regarding any obvious factors affecting your child. It could be health or developmental and include social situation, family structure and housing.
There are several possible outcomes at the end of your first appointment.
Our paediatrician might impart relevant advice and strategies to help your child, and no further reviews may be required. Unless, of course, there are any concerns. In which case, further assessment sessions may be necessary to gain a clearer understanding of your child’s strengths and needs. Your child might be referred to other professionals within Education Assessments. For example, a speech and language therapist, physiotherapist or occupational therapist. In doing so, your GP and other health professionals will be informed that your child has attended our services. With your consent, we will also inform your child’s school, nursery or other professionals involved in your child’s care.
Tasks and duties of a paediatrician
From dealing with life threatening conditions to comforting worried parents
Paediatricians deal with a wide range of illnesses and conditions. Specifically, they deal with ones that affect a child’s physical, mental and behavioural development. Some of their tasks and duties are as follows:
Examine and treat babies immediately after birth
Assess and, if necessary, resuscitate newborn babies
Manage the treatment of premature babies
Examine patients to determine the extent of their concerns
Undertake laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures
Analyse test results and other medical info for diagnoses
Prescribe and administer medications
Offer remedial and therapeutic treatment
Report specified contagious and notifiable diseases
Maintain medical records and admit or refer patients
And much, much more
Get in contact to talk to a paediatrician!
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