When to see a doctor for children?

The healthy growth and development of a child depends on a variety of factors, including regular follow-up with a pediatrician. He is professionally responsible for providing parents with all the necessary guidance, in addition to directing appropriate measures for the restoration of health and prevention of disease.

In Curitiba, which serves children and adolescents across the country, a pediatrician is essential for primary health care and all children should have access to this specialist, according to Pecueno Princip Hospital.

“When we talk about the growth and development of a human being, he needs protection. And the pediatrician is not just a doctor for the disease, his activities are for promotion, prevention and healthcare, an integral part of the care, “said Giambarardino, technical director of the organization, Donizetti Dimer.

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Giamberardino emphasizes that child care should begin with the birth of the baby, with delivery assistance, and should continue with child care counseling. “These suggestions are for follow-up on psychomotor development, growth, adequate weight, immunization, sports practice, etc.”, he said.

Also, according to Pequeno Príncipe, the baby should go to the doctor monthly in the first year of life and should be done every two months from time to time, until a consultation for health assessment is established every year. The choice of pediatrician should already be made during pregnancy and this can be done through conversations with specialists. “Faith is the key to results. It’s also important that parents look for textbook references and references from other patients,” Giambarardino added.

This monitoring prevents unnecessary travel to the hospital in emergencies that could put children’s health at greater risk. “We must remember that not every fever requires hospital care. There is an infectious disease patient in an emergency room and a series of other conditions that can exacerbate the condition of a child with mild symptoms, “said Victor Horacio de Souza Costa Jr., a pediatric infectious disease specialist in Pecuino Principe.

But when looking for an emergency room?

The country’s largest exclusive pediatric hospital in Pequeno Princip, grew in February this year 151% In search of emergency services. This increase is higher than average 300 calls daily.

Victor Horacio de Souza Costa Jr. makes it clear that when the baby is not well, the first thing to do is to consult a pediatrician to check all the necessary guidelines, because in all cases there is no need to mention the emergency. “In cases where the use of antipyretics does not reduce the fever, when the child is asleep, has convulsions or shortness of breath, for example, or even vomiting and persistent diarrhea, should be taken to the emergency room,” he explained.

About the little prince

Pequeno Príncipe is a non-profit organization that has been providing hospital care for children and adolescents across the country for over 100 years. It allows for complex treatments ranging from counseling, such as kidney, liver, heart, bone and bone marrow transplants.

It provides 35 specialist care, including multi-professional teams, and 60% of them are performed through the Unified Health System (SUS). In 2021, even within the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus epidemic, 200,000 consultations and 14,700 surgeries were performed, benefiting patients across Brazil.

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