Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents till the age of 12 years. Among children congenital defects, genetic variance, and developmental issues are of greater concern than they are among adults.
Compared to adulthood, childhood is a time of rapid growth and physiological change. As the child develops fast, well baby visits have to be made to the pediatrician. During a visit, the pediatrician will record child's height, weight and head circumference. Other tests like hearing, vision tests etc are performed to check the child’s response, as preventive care is important to keep children healthy.Read More
The recorded height, weight and head circumference are plotted on a growth chart to compare growth of the child against children of the same age. These charts help in providing early warning of any abnormality in the child’s growth.
Paying attention on whether the child is meeting normal developmental milestones helps in knowing if the child’s growth is normal.
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