Surprising Facts About Pediatrics You Probably Didn’t Know

 

 

Strictly speaking, a pediatrician is a doctor who specialises in the care of infants and young children. This means that if ever your child seems to encounter a particularly nasty illness or complaint, then the doctor you take them to will most likely be a pediatrician. Likewise, it will most likely be a pediatrician who advises you on the sorts of medicine, treatment and parenting techniques you should use to raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. However, despite being so central to the general well-being of children, there nevertheless exists many myths, rumours and half-truths about pediatrics and what the practice entails.

Perhaps this is unsurprising to some – we do live in an age where access to the internet means unfettered access to all kinds of information and misinformation about anything and everything.

While you’re free to take what we tell you with a pinch of salt, and such an attitude towards what you read online is to be commended, here are a few surprising facts about pediatrics you probably didn’t even realize until now.

Pediatrics Has a Cut off Age

After over a decade and a half of visiting the same pediatrician whenever your child has a complaint, it may come as something of a shock when, one day, the doctor suddenly refers you to someone completely new. This is because pediatric doctors have a point where they can no longer see a patient anymore. While this may be expected from the fact that the doctor specializes in treating children, the point at which a patient is no longer considered a child is not always so obvious.

In general, a pediatric clinic will stop seeing a patient at around 16 years of age, after which they’re considered suitable to seek out their own medical advice independently. Instead, they will refer the patient to another doctor.

Pediatrics Tend to be Proactive

While a pediatrician will, of course, treat a child once they’ve fallen ill or become injured, they try to maintain a more proactive and preventive approach. This will mean things such as keeping up to date with vaccinations, making sure the child has a balanced diet and providing advice about how to prevent accidents and injuries.

If the pediatrician does give you advice about the health and safety of your child, we recommend that you take it into serious consideration. While you shouldn’t necessarily mindless follow everything they say, they are speaking as experienced professionals with an interest in your child’s health and happiness. If they recommend a course of action, it’s a good idea to take it.

You Can Select a Pediatrician

If you’re expecting a child or you’re planning to adopt, you can choose which pediatrician you will go to before the child’s arrival. If anything, being choosy about your child’s doctor is a good practice, as you can be more assured that the doctor is one you want treating your child.

Before deciding on a pediatric clinic, take your time to examine all your available options. Most clinics will usually allow you a free consultation meeting with the doctor in question, so take this opportunity to ask questions and gauge how they may perform as a family doctor.

Pediatrics is not For Minor Cases

If your child suffers a grazed knee or a cold, then you don’t take them to the pediatric clinic, even if the child is very young. That’s more the purview of a GP. They’re more suitable for the general day-to-day illness and accidents that a child may encounter, and you’ll only ever encounter a pediatric if the problem is chronic or particularly serious. As such, if your child is running a fever or a particularly nasty cough, call your GP first. If the injury or illness is more severe, that would be when you’d want to head to a pediatric urgent care center like Night Lite.

 

Christian Mills is a freelance writer and family man who contributes articles and insights into issues affecting families and life in the home.

 

 

 

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Empowered Kids Corner: Aspiring Chef

Unexpectedly my daughter, Summer, is very much interested in cooking and baking. My husband and I are hardly the average cooks. But boy how we love food. Anyway, there are times when we cook something  that we learned from our parents, but nothing fancy.  It is something for our family to consume. It isn’t worth bragging about to friends on get-together or worth sharing to my readers.   The same goes to our kitchen.  If I am to describe it, well, it’s dull, boring, and functional. So I am really a bit surprised as to why and how my daughter has become so interested in cooking.  Whatever the reasons behind, one thing is clear, we should never let the opportunity to develop this interest pass.

How did I manage to help my daughter considering the facts that I have limited cooking or baking skills and our kitchen is ill-equipped? This is what I did, and I hope to continue doing.

 

1.  I searched for easy to cook and no-bake recipes. I found this no-sugar recipe, easy, and it has only 6 ingredients from The Frugal Farm Wife (http://frugalfarmwife.com/article/healthy-no-bake-cookies/). Check out her blog for the recipe or you may watch Summer’s Slide.

2. I tried it myself, more than once, to familiarize the procedure and experience it myself.  There are things that one is able to impart well if she has got the experience of doing it herself.

3.  I let her experience bit by bit.  She started just helping out – gathering the ingredients and putting them on the table, beating, stirring, pouring, and measuring.

4.  Then, I let her do it on her on.  The ingredients, measurement, and procedure are written on a white board for her to read and follow.

 

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Is there any other way I could help Summer develop her interest in cooking and baking? Your ideas are deeply appreciated. Please feel free to share them on the comment section below.

 

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So we drove around the city in our scooter, which they love so much.  They are probably feeling the freedom one gets in riding a motorbike. Anyway, we joined in the squirt gun battles, got our face painted with this powder thingy, and totally got soaked.

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That night, they hit the sack early and slept through the night.
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Children are naturally curious and resourceful. You’ll never know what they will do, touch, or tinker next. They can’t help it. Jumping from one chair to another, rolling in the mud, getting dirty, playing with their saliva, sticking objects into electrical sockets, swinging on doorknobs or cupboard doors, are their kind of things. Babies and children assimilate information from the world around them through these. Call it ironic, ridiculous but this is how they learn. It wouldn’t be beneficial in the long run to prevent them from doing these. What parents can do is to make homes safe for these young people. Here are four suggestions to make our house safe for our children.

 

1. Using quality 60″ drawer slides for kitchen drawers, bedroom drawers, utility shed drawers are good measures to prevent accident and injuries

 

2. Sticking objects into electrical sockets may result to children getting electrical shock or injuries, use socket safety covers to prevent this

3. For the playroom or play area, keep walls and floor safe by putting rubber padding

4. Prevent unnecessary bumps, scrapes, and bruises from sharp edges and corners by putting edge or corner protectors

 

 

These safety prevention coupled with vigilant supervision from parents are good measures to keep children safe at home; although it is impossible to totally keep them out of harm’s way all the time.

Share with us other safety measures you do at home by commenting on the comment section below. ^_^

 

 

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Offers that NEVER expire – Sellers can offer our favorite educational products year-round. Once a deeply discounted Daily Deal expires, you can still find that product available on Educents at the lowest price.

Discovery – It’s easier to search on Educents. Search for your kiddos’ interests like Minecraft or Frozen-inspired resources, and then sort by grade level, subject, brand, and more!

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