Preventive paediatrics

Index:

  1. What is preventive paediatrics?
  2. How can doctors monitor children’s development and general health?
  3. Which health issues typically affect children?
  4. Why is preventive paediatric care important?
  5. What type of doctor offers preventive paediatric care?

 

 

What is preventive paediatrics?

 

Preventive paediatrics is the practice of maintaining a regular schedule of check-ups and other monitoring to keep track of a child’s development and to prevent health problems occurring wherever possible.

 

 

 

How can doctors monitor children’s development and general health?

 

Regular check-ups with a medical professional to control height, weight and physical development contribute towards a child’s general health and wellbeing. In addition, a number of practices can support children’s health as they grow, including:

  • following vaccination guidelines
  • adhering to nutritional guidance
  • screening for genetic diseases where there is a family history
  • promotion of activities that encourage mental wellbeing

 

 

Which health issues typically affect children?

 

A wide range of health issues can affect children but regular contact with health professionals may help to prevent the onset or development of common childhood conditions such as:

 

 

Why is preventive paediatric care important?

 

Maintaining regular contact with medical professionals throughout childhood supports individuals with all kinds of health issues as they grow into adulthood. A wide range of early symptoms and indicators of health problems can be picked up quickly if children have frequent check-up visits with their general practitioner.

 

Additionally, a preventative approach, as opposed to curative, often means that patients have a greater choice of treatment options should they be necessary.

 

Also, children who have had regular contact with health professionals in childhood may be more likely to monitor their own health carefully and be aware of changes in their bodies as they continue into adulthood.

 

 

What type of doctor offers preventive paediatric care?

 

General practitioners and specialist paediatricians offer preventive paediatric care.