Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that deals with the medical needs of children. The pediatric consultation evaluates the state of health and the biological, psychological and social risk factors, to timely detect circumstances or pathologies that may alter their proper growth and development.
A child’s relationship with the pediatrician begins as soon as he is born. Normally parents have one of their choice before delivery, otherwise the attending pediatrician will be the first to check the newborn’s health.
Why is it important to visit the pediatrician?
- To promote the health, harmonious growth and development of all children.
- Evaluate health conditions, risks to it and the process of growth and development through regular monitoring of the vital process.
- Promote a healthy diet, with age-appropriate nutritional intake, breastfeeding in the early years, balanced supplementation, and micronutrient supplementation.
- Promote healthy conditions and lifestyles, promoting protective factors and controlling risk factors.
- Promote good treatment, affective bonds and humanized parenting practices between parents, caregivers, adults and children.
- Prevent the most frequent illnesses and accidents, promoting specific protection measures and promptly identifying the problems that affect children.
Some symptoms or eventualities that require timely attention
- Accidental or deliberate ingestion of drugs or toxic material.
- asthmatic wheezing.
- Uncontrollable bleeding.
- Blue lips or cyanosis.
- Bulging soft spot.
- Choking or labored breathing
- Seizures or convulsive movements
- Dehydration due to persistent vomiting or diarrhea.
- Fever over 105°Fahrenheit or 40°Celsius.
- Inability to wake up.
- Loss of ability to stand or walk.
- Purple or red spots like blood on the skin.
- Lethargy or severe pain.
- Neck stiffness
- Tender abdomen or groin
It is important that you consult with your pediatrician about the periodicity of control check-ups, since these may vary based on the age and conditions of each child.