Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Pediatricians deal with the health of young adults, children, toddlers, infants, teenagers and adolescents both physically and psychologically. They are well trained for the same and mainly detect, prevent and manage any aspect of a child’s health that can be in terms of physical health, development, behavior and even social issues. They diagnose and treat organic diseases, injuries, dysfunctions, infections and any other health problems that a child might have from the new born baby to a 21 year old young adult. They help parents to foster healthy lifestyles in their children, ease the life of those children with chronic diseases and even drastically reduce the rate of child and infant mortality.
Children can develop behavior and development issues especially when subjected to psychological stress; pediatricians can detect these problems early in children before they get worse and remedy them. Pediatricians understand children very well; they know that they are in a very vulnerable stage and provide the right measures to deal with them. Generally, pediatricians take care of any issues when it comes to children from checkup, treatment and even offering parents advice on how to take care of their little ones. Though, there are various kinds of pediatricians who specialize in treating different kinds of ailments in children and also differ in terms of how they carry out their practice.
Some pediatricians handle general health care of children and their needs whereas others only treat kidney illnesses, cancer and even heart problems among others. Whereas some pediatricians work in hospitals, clinics, offices, medical schools or even health organizations, others practice as a group and others individually. There are also pediatricians who work part time as locum tenem doctors. A typical pediatrician would work for approximately fifty four hours in a week taking care of ninety five patients directly and of all pediatricians; only 10% are in private practice with the rest working with other practitioners.
Most pediatricians (any Atlanta pediatrician included) work in urban areas and earn an average of $139,000 every year. Pediatricians attend to newborns that might be in nurseries to determine their general health; they attend to children who are admitted in either clinics or hospitals. At around 9am, pediatricians receive patients in their office for treatments and checkups. They attend to various children with different needs with some seeking treatments, others advice and even treatments for those who are sick. Normally, these patients have appointments to see the pediatrician in advance since there are days when hospitals and clinic receive a high number of patients.
They then break for lunch after which they attend to more children in for treatment. In addition to all these roles, a pediatrician is expected to accomplish some administrative tasks, fill in forms, receive calls from parents who seek advice, conduct research, teach his/her patients when the need arises, conduct some research and even do any other necessary paperwork in their offices. Patients vary and so are their needs and reason of seeing a pediatrician. Generally, a day in the life of a pediatrician is very busy.