Department Of Pediatrics
Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. A medical doctor who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician, or paediatrician.These doctors specialize in providing medical care to infants, children, teenagers and young adults. They do not treat adults. Pediatricians often diagnose and treat common illnesses, minor injuries and infectious diseases.Paediatrics is concerned not only about immediate management of the ill child but also long term effects on quality of life, disability and survival. They may also administer vaccinations.When assessing risks to children's health, one should note that many of the conditions affecting children are avoidable. A major component of pediatric care focuses on health promotion and disease prevention.
Freestanding urgent care facilities serving children should be capable of providing timely assessment, initial resuscitation, and stabilization and be able to initiate transfer of pediatric patients who need a higher level of care. This includes children with medical, traumatic, and behavioral or mental health emergencies. Staff members at freestanding urgent care facilities should have the training, experience, and skills necessary to initiate pediatric life support during all hours of operation.
It is important to emphasize that children are not simply small adults and should not be treated as such. Child health care and the specialty of pediatrics are concerned with providing optimal and appropriate care to all children.