It can be difficult to know who to turn to when your child needs medical attention. Parents are increasingly using urgent care clinics as their primary health care source, when the reality is that using a pediatrician may be a better choice for your child.
Children often present different symptoms than adults, and medical treatment can be very different too. Pediatricians specialize in diagnosing and treating illnesses and conditions specifically in children.
A pediatrician’s role is to provide care and manage the overall health of a child, including physical, behavioral, and emotional health – from birth all the way to early adulthood.
Comprehensive Care by a Pediatrician
A good pediatrician will work with your child throughout their early years to ensure that the child grows up in the healthiest way possible. The pediatrician will also develop a good relationship with the child and demonstrate how a doctor provides medical service and advice.
They will record your child’s medical events and track milestones in growth, skills, and behavior. Because they have a personal understanding of your child’s medical history, this can help the doctor provide more accurate diagnoses and consistent monitoring of any changes in health over time.
A pediatrician provides regular checkups, exams, and vaccinations, as well as advice and guidance on nutrition. Your pediatrician can diagnose and treat a wide range of illnesses, injuries, and health problems that happen to children, and the physician can also refer you to a specialist if they think your child needs expert care in a specific medical area.
The pediatrician’s ability to listen to your child’s needs and correctly interpret any issues will ensure that your child receives the best care possible.
Continuity of Health Care
Another important benefit of having a pediatrician is continuity of care. They have a unique knowledge of your child’s health and can consult with a specialist if necessary about the child’s particular condition and health history.
By actively referring a patient to a pediatric specialist, the pediatrician can ensure that the specialist has the full background information of the child and knows of any medication being taken. The objective is ensuring your child is in good health.
In contrast, if you take your child to an urgent care center, the physicians and staff will not know your child. They are likely to make a quick assessment and may miss important cues that a pediatrician is more likely to notice.
Children’s Health Care Clinic in Greater Boston
If compassionate pediatric care is what you’re seeking for your child, look no further. Children’s Health Care is a family-focused practice that provides comprehensive care from birth through adolescence.
Our staff is available to answer questions regarding most minor illnesses and to provide guidance on whether a child should be seen in the office. Outside of normal office hours, a Children’s Health Care provider is always on call to respond to emergencies and answer urgent questions.
For a consultation or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Children’s Health Care by calling (978) 465-7121 or (978) 388-9880 in Newburyport, or (978) 373-6557 in Haverhill. Our team looks forward to helping you and your family live a happy, healthy life together.