Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2011/05/26


General question

Dear Prof

When should a parent be bringing their child to see a paediatrician? Ie, is there a certain age that always needs to see a paed instead of a GP, or are there certain symptoms for which one should head straight to the paed and not the GP? or do you prefer that one always takes one''s child to the GP and then be referred to you as the specialist?

many thanks

Expert's Reply



This is a good question. With a healthy child who is growing and developing normally there is no need for regular check-ups by a paediatrician.You can take your child to your GP for most of the common illnesses during childhood.It is really best to only take your child to see your paediatrician when referred there by your GP

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Posted by: Nini | 2011/05/26

My LG is 15 months old, and never goes to a paed. She always goes to our GP, and he has always managed to diagnose and treat her correctly. If the GP cannot assist, he will either refer you or contact a Paed for assistance. Most of the illnesses kiddies get are things we as adults get too, so rest assured that your GP can help in most cases. A GP will always refer if he cant.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011/05/26

Hi Nikki

Problem in our town is that the GPs ALWAYS prescribed antibiotics, and we have had 5 misdiagnoses in a row. So it ends up costing us the R290 for the GP plus the R520 for the paed...So, on the long run, it saves us to go straight to our paed. He is luckily also very accessible, and answers any emails sent to him.

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Posted by: Nikki | 2011/05/26

Hi Racoon,

My Paed is not always available, so I end up going to the GP. The only time my kids have seen a Paed is when they were admitted to hospital. If it is serious enough, then the GP will probably phone the Paed and get an earlier appointment for you. Hope this helps.

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