On a daily basis, pediatricians treat children who have minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems, and growth and development concerns. They prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury in infants and children.
A typical day for a Pediatrician will also include:
Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, or examination results.
Examine patients or order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests to obtain information on medical condition and determine diagnosis.
Examine children regularly to assess their growth and development.
Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients and parents or guardians.
Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.
A pediatrician specializes in providing medical care to younger patients (from birth until they reach adulthood), which can be all the way until their 21st birthday, but at the very least, up to their late teens. It is the duty of a pediatrician to not only diagnose and treat the ailments that generally affect infants, babies, children, adolescents and young adults, but to also assist their young patients in maintaining good health.
TYPICAL WORK DAY OF A PEDIATRICIAN:
• Diagnose and treat illnesses typically associated with children, as well as address the special medical needs of younger patients, such as genetic defects, malignancies, childhood infections, and injury.
• Assess the proper treatment approaches that cater to the specific age of a patient.
•Perform annual checkups, routine examinations, and immunizations.
• Determine whether a child is experiencing normal growth and development.
• Order appropriate tests, prescribe medications, and perform medical procedures.
Best of luck to you on your journey! ~ Sheila
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