What is pediatric & adolescent care?

Pediatric & adolescent care focuses on the health of infants, children and patients up to the age of 18. Family medicine providers not only treat children with acute or chronic illnesses, but they also focus on preventive health. This can include a child’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Immunizations play a big role in preventive health and you should speak with a healthcare provider to discuss the proper immunization schedule for your child.

What is the aim of pediatrics?

Healthcare providers aim to prevent disease and ease symptoms, reduce infant and child death rates, control the spread of infectious diseases and promote healthy lifestyle choices. Pediatric care covers injuries, infections, congenital conditions, organ dysfunction, diseases and cancers. It is important for a provider to not only focus on the management of a patient’s current health, but also the long-term effects on quality of life. Social stresses, depression, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, developmental delays/disorders and functional disabilities are all major concerns for pediatricians and adolescent patients.

How does this care differ from adult medicine?

Genetic variance, congenital defects and developmental concerns are more of a focus for younger patients than adults. They all have long-term effects on a child’s health and life. Knowing this information early on will be extremely helpful going forward. Another major difference are the legal issues involved with pediatric and adolescent care. As minors, children cannot make medical decisions for themselves. Every pediatric procedure must take privacy, guardianship, informed consent and legal responsibility into consideration.

Schedule in Spokane, Washington

If you’d like to speak with physicians in Spokane, the team at Jamison Family Medicine can address any concerns or questions that you have. We understand how important selecting the right healthcare provider can be and we are here to help. Our services include: vaccinations/immunizations, circumcision and physicals. Request an appointment on our website or give us a call at (509) 319-2430.