What is pediatrics?
Pediatrics and adolescent care focuses on the health of infants, children and patients up to the age of 18. Family physicians, like the ones at Blue Water Medical, not only treat children with acute or chronic illnesses, but they also focus on preventive health. This can include a child’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Immunizations play a big role in preventive health and you should speak with a family physician to discuss the proper immunization schedule for your child. From our clinic in Vancouver, we provide medical services to all children in the community. We offer a friendly environment and aim to provide the best pediatric care services in the area.
What is the aim of pediatrics?
Family physicians aim to prevent disease and ease symptoms, reduce infant and child death rates, control the spread of infectious diseases and promote healthy lifestyle choices. Pediatric care covers injuries, infections, congenital conditions, organ dysfunction, diseases and cancers. It is important for a family physician to not only focus on the management of a patient’s current health, but also the long-term effects on quality of life. Social stresses, depression, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, developmental delays/disorders and functional disabilities are all concerns for family physicians.
How does this care differ from adult medicine?
Genetic variance, congenital defects and developmental concerns are more of a focus for younger patients than adults. They all have long-term effects on a child’s health and life. Knowing this information early on will be extremely helpful going forward. Another major difference are the legal issues involved with pediatric and adolescent care. As minors, children cannot make medical decisions for themselves. Every pediatric procedure must take privacy, guardianship, informed consent and legal responsibility into consideration. The providers at Blue Water Medical are accessible and easy to talk to. We encourage parents to share any questions and concerns that they have about their child’s health and care.
Request an appointment in Vancouver
We provide family medical services to patients of all ages. For all of your pediatric needs in Vancouver, schedule an appointment at Blue Water Medical. You can request an appointment using the form on our website, or you can give us a call at (604) 558-3185 to get started.
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