Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends people be under pediatric care up to the age of 21. A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician, or paediatrician.
Pediatrics is known as a new modern medicine in society today understood the differences in growing and maturing organisms that necessitated different treatment.
Paediatricians are doctors who look at specific health issues, diseases and disorders related to stages of growth and development. This is an area of medicine where the doctor works closely with the patient and their family.
Paediatrics is a diverse, stimulating and hugely rewarding specialty. As a paediatrician you could be working in:
• General paediatric units seeing a wide range of conditions affecting children
• Community-based settings managing long-term care of children and young people
• Highly specialised units working in a wide range of sub-specialties such as neonatal medicine
Paediatrics is a broad-based specialty which allows doctors to be generalists and see children and young people with a wide range of illnesses and disease or to become very specialised in certain areas.