A Children’s Clinic is a special clinic for the routine care of infants and preschool children. Children's health, or pediatrics, focuses on the well-being of children from conception through adolescence. It is vitally concerned with all aspects of children's growth and development and ensures a unique opportunity for each child to achieve their full potential as a healthy adult.

Children’s clinic vs General clinic:

By choosing a doctor from a Pediatric clinic, instead of visiting a general clinic, you and your child will benefit from building a strong relationship with a provider who accesses your complete medical record and is willing to work and manage care. A pediatric network will also give you access to the practices and technologies of healthcare today.

When You Should Choose A Pediatrician?

When looking for a pediatrician to care for your baby, you want to give yourself plenty of time to find someone both you and your partner feel comfortable with. So it’s a good idea to choose a pediatrician at the beginning of your third trimester. The time to start looking for a pediatrician is between 28 and 34 weeks during pregnancy. Choosing the right pediatrician is more important than most parents think. While you can simply change the doctor if you don’t like the first pediatrician you visit, the decision has to be made. No matter if your child is healthy or has a simple cold or ear infection, you should put some thought into who cares for them. If your child’s medical problems are a little more serious than you think then look for a higher specialty.

Benefits of having a Pediatrician:

You have a doctor who is an expert in children’s health.
Your Doctor can give you the preferred health lifestyle for your child.
You have a doctor who can give you advice on how to prevent illness and injury on your child
They can also give you the right medicines and vitamins for your child’s age.
Your doctor can also inform you about the development of your child in their growing years.
They can also educate you on how to deal with change and how to cope with it.

Services provided by pediatricians:

Immunizations
Hearing Tests
Vision Screening
Spirometry(Asthma Testing)
Nutritional Counselling
Tobacco and Vaping Counselling
Ear Lavage
Wart Removal with Cryotherapy
Circumcisions
Suture/Staple Removal
ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluations

What conditions does a pediatrician treat?

Common illness and infections:
Coughs, colds, fevers, rashes, ear infections, pink eye, etc.

Injuries
Falls, burns, sprains, fractures, eye injuries etc.

Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children:
Pediatricians assess and treat symptoms and help families understand about asthma so they can manage the care.

Chronic Allergies:
Pediatricians can test for food, skin, pets, seasonal and other allergies on specific treatment plans.

Childhood obesity :
Pediatricians work with families to prevent long term weight gain or obesity by addressing related health issues and creating a specific plan of action specifically coordinated for the child.

Special needs:
Children with cognitive, physical and developmental conditions or chronic illness.

Cancer:
A pediatric subspecialist in the cancer field is a benefit in the treatment of a child or teen diagnosed with cancer.

Importance of Pediatricians:
If you love your kids and need to guarantee that they get the most ideal treatment, then pediatric care is an absolute necessity. Pediatrics are Specialists who have expertise in taking care of youngsters with the restorative care they require from the minute they are conceived, until the time they get to be grown-ups. The Field of Pediatrics Concentrates on the well being of children and helping those who experience the adverse effects of Health Condition.
It is important to emphasize that children are not simply small adults. Child health care and the specialty of pediatrics are concerned with providing optimal and appropriate care to all children. The specialty of Pediatrics has expanded its role not only to young children and adolescents but young adults since a large portion of our 18 to 21 years old to be dependent on their parents even in their 20’s.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Kris Nwokeji was born in Austin, in the state of Texas to Nigerian parents. His parents' relocation to the motherland and his incessant thirst to help children brought him to medical school at Abia State University at the young age of 16.