When should your child see a paediatrician?
There are many reasons why you might choose to see a paediatrician.
Some reasons why you might request to see a paediatrician include certain medical conditions such as:
- Moderate to severe asthma, viral-induced wheeze or bronchiolitis
- Neurological conditions e.g. seizures/epilepsy, headaches, cerebral palsy, toe-walking, tic disorders
- Poor growth
- Digestive issues e.g. gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, food sensitivities
- Sleep disorders e.g. obstructive sleep apnoea, difficulty with your child getting to or staying asleep
- Continence issues e.g. bed wetting, faecal incontinence (encopresis) or constipation
There are a number of developmental issues which would benefit significantly from paediatric referral including:
- Global developmental delay/intellectual disability
- Delayed motor milestones
- Genetic conditions e.g. Down syndrome, Fragile X
- Attention difficulties e.g. ADHD. Medications for ADHD can only be prescribed by a paediatrician or psychiatrist.
Remember, if you are worried about your child’s health or development you should see your GP first to discuss your options.
When should you be worried about your child’s health?
There are some clear reasons you should request to see a paediatrician: