Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that specializes in the health care of infants and children from birth to adolescence.

Individuals specialized in pediatrics are referred to as pediatrician who diagnose and treat ailments in children and infants.

Adult medicine and pediatrics widely varies as the bodily processes for both of them are totally different with developmental delays and certain defects unique only to infants and children.

The eligibility for pediatrics varies across the world, but generally requires a bachelorís degree in medicine with other skills such as patience, dedication and love for children.

There are many sub specialties in this branch such as pediatric cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology, neonatal medicine, hematology, critical care etc.

The aim of this field of medicine is to improve overall health of children and infants by reducing infant death rate and controlling the spread of diseases in children.

Apart from physical health of children, pediatrics also deals with diagnosing and treating developmental delays, behavioral issues, mental disabilities in children and depression and stress in adolescents.

The career prospects in this field are enormous as there is a huge demand for pediatricians in government and private hospitals along with private practice.

Pediatrics is an expensive field of study and involves long working hours including holidays and weekends leading to reduced time for family or leisure.

To conclude, pediatrics is an interesting branch of study which gives enormous satisfaction and brings smiles to millions of children which is an unmatched experience.

Article Written by Sushma Srivatsan [256 Words]
Posted on Oct 7, 2013 with Views.

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