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A paediatrician is a doctor who specialises in caring for children. They are experts in managing diseases that affect children however tend to subspecialise into various facets of paediatric medicine, surgery and psychiatry.

Medical Conditions

Any problem that affects children.

  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Psychiatric
  • Developmental

Specialty Areas of Interest

  • Neonatology - problems of the newborn
  • Infectious diseases
  • Developmental paediatrics
  • Paediatric surgery
  • Paediatric orthopaedic surgery
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology
  • Paediatric ear nose and throat surgery
  • Paediatric plastic surgery and burns care
  • Paediatric intensive care
  • Paediatric respiratoy medicine
  • Paediatric cardiology
  • Paediatric nephrology
  • Paediatric neurology
  • Paediatric gastroenterology
  • Paediatric urology
  • Paediatric emergency medicine
  • General paediatric medicine
  • Paediatric psychiatry
  • Paediatric dermatology

Associated Tests


A broad range related to the specialist area in paediatrics.

What to expect


This will depend on the presentation.
It will generally begin with the doctor asking about the main problem (the presenting complaint), when it began, its progress, its severity, any previous treatment and their responses and so on. Next the doctor will focus on past medical problems, medications, allergies, social and family history.


Your paediatrician will usually commence by looking generally and checking temperature, pulse, respiratory rate and general appearance. They will then move on to examine the specific area involved with the presentation.
The findings of the history and examination will guide further investigations. All these facts are then put together to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment options are discussed.

Training and Qualifications


* Pediatrics – American spelling of Paediatrics.

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