One of the many things you need to do to prepare for your baby's arrival is to choose a doctor to oversee their health care. A pediatrician is a medical doctor who manages the physical, behavioral, and mental care for children from birth until age 18. Our pediatricians at Ashoka Sanjeevini Hospitals are trained to diagnose and treat a broad range of childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases.
What Does Your Pediatrician Do?
Your pediatrician at Ashoka Sanjeevini Hospital will see your baby many times from birth to age 2 and annually from age 2 to age 5 for "well-child visits." After age 5, your pediatrician will likely see your child every year for annual checkups. Your pediatrician is also the first person to call whenever your child is sick. In caring for your child, a pediatrician will:
Do physical exams
Give recommended immunizations
Make sure your child is meeting developmental milestones in growth, behavior, and skills
Diagnose and treat your child's illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems
Give you information about your child's health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs
Answer your questions about your child’s growth and development
Refer to and collaborate with a specialist should your child become ill and need care beyond the pediatrician's expertise
How Does Your Pediatrician Work With Your Delivery Team?
Ashoka Sanjeevini Hospital would firstly ask if you have a pediatrician when you go in to deliver. Your baby’s first examination may be with our hospital pediatrician or your chosen pediatrician. If your baby is born early, they will probably go right to the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. Highly specialized NICU doctors and nurses will care for your baby and monitor their health until they develop enough to come home.
If you have a pediatrician of your own, they will be given the records from your baby’s stay in the hospital. After you leave the hospital, your pediatrician will see your baby 48 to 72 hours after discharge, then regularly after that for "well-child visits."
If your child ever needs more specialized care, your pediatrician will coordinate care with other health care professionals. They will help you understand complex information and help you make decisions as needed.