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What is your favorite part about being a pediatric doctor, and what are the downfalls?

I am very interested in having a future career path in the pediatric unit. To be more exact I either want to be a pediatric nurse, or general surgeon. I am 15 years old and in 9th grade, and my whole life this career path has always stuck out to me. This year I am in honors science, and next year will be taking honors biology and honors chemistry. As a result, I can get into my schools' nursing program as well.

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Martin’s Answer

Great thoughts! Working with children in a medical setting can be both incredibly fulfilling and challenging. Often, young patients can't clearly express their pain or answer your questions directly. They only know that shots can be scary and painful! In such cases, your ability to diagnose, coupled with your intuition, becomes crucial.

It's important to ask the right questions, not just to the child, but also to the adults who look after them. After all, they might not have noticed the toddler popping something into their mouth. The first step is to understand what's normal for a child and then identify what's not normal in the particular child you're treating.

Building trust and respect with both the child and the parent is key. Even if you're an outstanding diagnostician, if the parent isn't comfortable, your success could be limited. A vital aspect of your role is to genuinely love children of all ages, from infants to teenagers.

You must be able to address both physical complaints and emotional or mental health issues. Try to understand the child as much as possible, from the crying baby to the adorable child with big, innocent eyes. Be authentic and be someone who can provide a motherly or fatherly presence, while also being transparent.

Winning the child's trust and respect is half the battle. So, be yourself, be kind, and remember that your love for children is your greatest asset in this rewarding profession.
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Godfrey’s Answer

Pediatric doctor is one professional that nature the future as they try to ensure there is continuity of generation by caring for the children.
It's also has the bulk of patients in general as pediatric population of clients comprises of more than 50% of the care seekers.
Pediatrics generally will show response to medical interventions immediately and they will be up and about unlike adults who sometimes despite getting better might still have some fictitious symptoms of illness.
Generally Doctors feel better when they bring hope to a sick child ,when the children get healed and resume their normalcy,their parents also too appreciate the care efforts greatly.
Challenges may include
Inability to get the exact medical history as some very young children may not talk nor express the exact nature how they feel when they are sick making it difficult for the Doctor to figure out the nature of illness this may delay exact diagnosis and medical interventions needed.
Other challenges are like some children may become so irritable during examination as this may lead inability to get the exact examination findings however the pediatric doctor is well trained to handle such challenges while providing care to young ones
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