Most people think of pediatricians as medical professionals who give children physicals and who administer vaccines. Of course, you take your child to the pediatrician for diagnosis and treatment when they're sick, too. Indeed, these are very important services that pediatricians offer. However, there are also some other, lesser-known services that you may want to take advantage of at some point.
When your child reaches the age at which they can participate in school sports, they will typically need to have a sports physical prior to enrollment. This physical is just to make sure their heart, lungs, muscles, and joints are healthy enough to endure the extra physical challenges of the sport they want to play. Many kids have these sports physicals done at school, but pediatricians also offer them. If you think your child might be shy or uncomfortable with having a physical done by an unfamiliar doctor visiting their school, you can just book a sports physical appointment with your child's regular physician.
You've probably heard that you should not be cleaning your ears or your child's ears with cotton swabs. Doing so can just push the ear wax further into the ear canal. What you can do, however, is ask your child's pediatrician to clean out their ears. They can use warm water rinses and special tools to safely remove the wax. Most kids only need to have this done once or twice a year, so it can be done after their regular physical.
Nutrition and Fitness Advice
Pediatricians can also give your child nutrition and fitness advice. Often, kids will take this type of advice more seriously when it comes from a doctor. Asking their doctor to talk to them about the importance of eating their veggies and staying active can go a long way towards actually enforcing these habits.
Your child's pediatrician can also give them (and you) preventative care advice based on your child's own family history of certain conditions. For instance, if you have a family history of diabetes, the doctor can give your child some things they can do — or can avoid — in order to reduce their risk of diabetes as they continue to grow older.
Pediatricians do more than you know! Take advantage of the pediatrician services above to keep your child in good health, and don't be afraid to ask the pediatrician any questions that come up along the way.
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