What’s the difference between a Paediatrician and a General Practitioner (GP)?
There is a significant difference between a Paediatrician and a GP. Both a GP and a Paediatrician treat young patients but they differ in regard to their knowledge and qualifications. Paediatricians only treat children aged 0-18. They need to do an additional minimum of six years of speciality training after completing medical school plus passing 2 specialists’ exams to be fully qualified. In order to see a paediatrician, you will need a referral from your GP.
What is a Paediatrician?
A Paediatrician is a medical specialist who only treat children aged 0-18. Paediatricians diagnose, treat and provide specialist medical care for a number of illnesses, conditions and disorders that affect the health and development of babies, children and teenagers. This may include autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), developmental delays or disabilities.
Who do I visit first?
It’s always best to have a conversation with your family’s GP if you’re worried or have concerns about your child’s development or health. Many common childhood illnesses can be managed well by your GP. They will give you information, advice and a referral that will help you decide about whether to take your child to another health professional, such as a Paediatrician.
What are some concerns I could have about my child’s development that I could see a Paediatrician for?
Upon your first appointment, a Paediatrician will talk to you regarding your concerns and arrange for a thorough assessment to be conducted. With a Paediatric assessment, your child’s physical, mental and behavioural development will be addressed. Such concerns may be about some or all of the following:
- Motor skills – running, jumping, cutting food, tying shoelaces
- Independence– getting dressed, showering and general self-care
- Concentration– such as sitting still at school or kindergarten and paying attention
- Reading and writing– including comprehension and general language skills
- Communication– talking and being understood by other people
- Emotions– managing anger, feelings or anxiety
- Social skills– confidence and making friends
- Lifestyle– eating a range of foods and thriving
What other medical conditions or issues can I see a Paediatrician for?
You can consult a Paediatrician on a number of illnesses, conditions and or disorders such as:
- Asthma, hay fever and allergies
- Weight issues
- Unsettled babies
- Poor growth
- Behaviour problems
- Developmental delay
- Sleep problems
- Problems with muscles or bones – for example, developmental dysplasia of the hip or bow legs
- Disabilities like Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or Fragile X syndrome
- Faecal incontinence (encopresis) or constipation, day and night time wetting (enuresis)
- A Paediatrician might also see your baby immediately after birth, for a general health check –up and monitoring of development
Meet Dr Mandy Li
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