Pediatrics is the field of medicine that specifically focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and injuries in children. Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a child. Doctors who focus on pediatrics are called pediatricians.
There are several times when parents should take their children to see a pediatrician:
Most importantly, anytime a child’s health is in danger, they should see a medical provider. Sometimes children can wait to see the pediatrician they normally see. When they need more urgent medical attention, a pediatrician who practices at an urgent care center may be able to provide quality care sooner than a child’s primary care physician. If there is ever a doubt as to how quickly a child needs to see a pediatrician, parents should error on the side of caution and get them to a pediatrician sooner rather than later.
Pediatric appointments can vary in length because children see pediatricians for all sorts of ailments. The vast majority of appointments, however, are relatively short, and almost all pediatric appointments are completed in a day at most. If a medical condition requires more intense care and ongoing observation, children are usually sent to a hospital where they can stay until they’re well.
In many cases, urgent care centers are able to provide expedited medical services for children. Unlike most doctors offices, children don’t need to make an appointment before going to an urgent care center. Additionally, centers typically have shorter waiting times than emergency rooms.