Pediatrics is the medical field that provides health care solutions for children from the first the first day after they are born until adolescence. There are general practitioners, as well as pediatricians that are specialized in the different subsectors of medicine, such as ophthalmology, ENT, orthopedics, dermatology or surgery, among others.
The general practitioners in this field offer medical care services for infants, children and adolescents including newborn checkups, preventive checkups for children of any age, mandatory and optional vaccinations, assessment and management of growth, stature and different aspects of development, detection and management of any abnormality, identification and management of vitamin deficiencies and feeding problems, assessment and management of congenital anomalies, diagnosis and treatment for common illnesses like colds, fever, diarrhea, ear infections, cough or urinary tract infections, constipation, food intolerance or eczema, recognition and management of various behavioral issues, management of minor soft tissue injuries and wound care, nutritional advice, assessment and management of learning difficulties and intellectual disability. The pediatrics doctors that are specialized in specific branches of medicine provide clinical services similar to the ones for adults, for example the ophthalmologists provide eye and vision examinations, glasses or medical treatment prescriptions and surgical interventions, when it is required, the ear, nose and throat specialists deal with any type of infection in one of these areas, as well as with hearing and voice problems, the dermatologists deal with skin diseases and disorders, including eczema and allergies, as well as common skin diseases for children, the orthopedics specialists provide medical care for any type of fractures or problems with the bones, while the surgeons provide surgical procedures for a wide range of internal and external conditions. It is recommended that before you go with your child to see a specialist, to go for an initial consultation with a general practitioner, who will be able to guide you through the next steps of a more specific examination with a specialist. You can address a pediatrics general practitioner also for all types of routine examinations and consultations, such as nursery, kindergarten or school entrance physical and psychical examinations and for any recommendations you might need regarding nutrition issues, physical fitness and behavioral and emotional problems of your child. You can choose from a great number of general practitioners, as well as pediatricians that are specialized in different fields in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, always having the option of scheduling an appointment for non-emergency issues or to go directly to the emergency rooms at any of the children clinics in the UAE.