Pediatrics is very different from adult medicine in that the relationship is not just between the doctor and patient, but also the patient’s parents. This dynamic relationship requires trust and communication between all parties so that the best level of medical care can be provided. Our pediatricians at Wake Pediatrics have a unique dual specialty distinction called Med-Peds. This means our physicians are dually board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine. Having this Med-Peds distinction allows our physicians to treat both children and adults.
PURPOSE OF PEDIATRIC MEDICINE
The pediatrics specialty usually treats children from birth to 21 years old. Pediatricians are considered primary care physicians and are usually the first line of medical care for children. The purpose of pediatric medicine is to provide preventative health measures, as well as administer medical care for illness, minor injuries and infections. Pediatrics also focuses on the mental and physical development of children to determine if a child is developing properly, and to diagnose/address possible health risks in the future.
WELL CHILD VISITS
Well child visits are the cornerstone of pediatric medicine. You can find out when you should schedule your child’s next visit to the pediatrician using our pediatric well child visit schedule. These visits allow pediatricians to assess the health of children throughout their development. This can be very beneficial by providing pediatricians to catch illnesses and address potential health risks before they become visibly apparent.
There are many conditions and medical problems that are treated under the pediatrics umbrella. The focus that pediatricians place on the complete development of a child requires physician attention to cover a broad spectrum of physical, behavioral and mental conditions. Here are some of the more common conditions pediatricians diagnose and treat:
- Illnesses (chronic and temporary)
- Minor injuries
- Physical and mental developmental disorders
- Behavioral issues
- Social disorders
- Learning disabilities
At Wake Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC we try to provide parents and children with all the necessary resources to practice good personal health. For more resources, check out our other pediatric resource pages:
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
Wake Internal Medicine and Pediatrics supports many pediatric organizations whose goal is to provide guidance and educational resources to parents and pediatricians. For more information about these organizations, feel free to visit their sites. They are filled with resources about well child schedules, immunization schedules, childhood development, and more.
- American Academy of Pediatrics (Healthy Children Organization for parents)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Immunization Schedule and Child Development)
- U.S. National Library of Medicine (Well Child Visit Recommended Schedule)
- National Med-Peds Residents’ Association (Information about Med-Peds Trained Pediatricians)
At Wake Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, our physicians have a unique opportunity to get to know your whole family. Working with your whole family will allow our physicians to acquire family medical knowledge that can be used to prevent and better treat hereditary medical conditions. This will allow our physicians to provide a level of medical care that is of the highest quality. For more information about our pediatric services, contact us at our Raleigh office.