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At BetterMedical, we understand it is essential your children receive high quality and comprehensive care from experienced General Practitioners. Throughout our medical centres, many of our expert GPs have an interest in the area of paediatrics and are committed to supporting your children’s health.

How is Paediatrics different to Adult Medicine?

Paediatrics is distinguished from adult medicine in regards to various health issues and processes. Most notably, the size difference of babies and children and adults equates to major physiological differences and requires to be treated with a different approach.

Some health conditions or effects are only experienced by children and rarely affect adults. Paediatric GPs are experienced in advising on those conditions specific to children.

Does your child need a Paediatrician or a GP appointment?

From birth to around the age of five, a GP will perform regular check-ups on child patients to ensure that their health is on-track and that they are developing normally. Your family GP is your first port of call if a health issue arises for you child, and they can offer advice on when a specialist consultation is needed for your child and provide the referral.

An experienced GP who takes a special interest in Paediatrics will be able to address the majority of the concerns that you may have about your child’s health.

Some reasons you would visit a GP with a special interest in child health include:

  • Feeding/sleeping problems

  • Unsettled babies

  • Failure to thrive (poor growth)

  • Developmental delay

  • Enuresis (bed wetting)

  • Chronic cough, wheeze

  • Food allergies or intolerances

  • Teacher’s worries about a child’s behaviour, attention and school participation

  • Gastrointestinal issues such as constipation, chronic abdominal pain

Make the most of your appointment with the GP or Paediatrician

When consulting with a paediatrician, we recommend our patient’s family prioritise being transparent with all information to help determine a diagnosis - particularly considering the child patient cannot always effectively communicate their experiences. Using photos, video or diary entries can help BetterMedical GPs gain better insight into the issue at hand.