How Is Pediatric Care Different From Working With Adults?

How Is Pediatric Care Different From Working With Adults?

Pediatric care focuses on the physical, emotional, and social health needs of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults up to the age of 21.

Because of the physiological and emotional differences between adults and children, the pediatric health care providers at Monarque Health and Wellness Center are prepared to meet the health needs of young patients.

Why is pediatric care important?

Babies, children, and adolescents have distinct health care needs. Pediatric medicine meets those needs while providing the best possible care. Pediatric medicine professionals perform a variety of essential tasks that may not be readily apparent. 

Our pediatric team provides vital services to young patients as well as to the overall health of the community. We’re concerned with our patients’ entire development, not just physical growth and diseases. 

How pediatric medicine differs

Pediatric patients are still developing physically, which means pediatric care specialists pay special attention to growth and developmental issues that typically don’t affect adult patients. When compared with treatments for adults, these considerations have a significant impact on the course of care our pediatric health specialists provide.

Because pediatric patients are constantly maturing intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically, pediatric care specialists must be able to effectively manage the challenges associated with these changes. 

While all doctors must frequently navigate patients’ emotions and personalities, treating children requires special care. Our pediatric care team has a great deal of patience and empathy in communicating effectively with children and their families and providing the best possible care.

Differences in physiology

Pediatric health care providers realize that children and adults have different physiologies. Children are constantly changing and growing. They require more calories, and their bodies are designed to continue growing into adulthood. Pediatric health providers focus on meeting the different physiological needs of children. 

Social development

Aside from physiological factors, social development also influences the distinct care children need. Pediatric care providers are trained to be mindful when treating and communicating with children, as well as to be aware of each patient's larger context. 

Children and adolescents are at vulnerable ages; they’re still learning important values and skills. They learn in a variety of ways, including through relationships with family and friends, media consumption, and school-based education.

Adults, on the other hand, have more defined values and are less influenced by their surroundings. 

Minimizing health risks

Because children are still developing, medical professionals must keep in mind that treatments may impact on them later in life. It's critical in pediatric medicine to consider how the body develops and whether the treatment plan is appropriate to keep kids healthy while minimizing health risks down the road.

Well-child visits are critical tools for screening for and diagnosing issues such as diseases and developmental disorders. These evaluations allow for proper development and the prevention of problems. Early intervention improves a child's quality of life and helps them grow to their full potential as productive adults.

Getting to know a child and their family enables our team to make the best recommendations and provide personalized care. To learn more about our pediatric care services, give our team a call at our Ashland, Oregon, office or book online to set up a visit with a Monarque Health and Wellness Center provider.

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