Paediatrics is the medical specialty concerned with the general medicine of childhood.
Working with and treating children with injuries or medical conditions can require special skills and approaches, including psychological factors, family issues, management of disabilities, social conditions and relationships with other organisations such as schools and support groups. Not all of these factors will be relevant to every case but these are general examples to indicate the broad scope of paediatrics.
- A medical specialist in the field of paediatrics is called a paediatrician.
- The adjective used to refer to the healthcare of children (i.e. paediatrics), is paediatric, as in, for example, the "Paediatric Ward" or "Paediatric Department" of a hospital.
- Paediatric dentistry is the branch of dentisty that is concerned with the care of children's teeth and oral hygiene.
Links to related areas of this website:
- Glossary section: Medical Specialties
- Glossary section: General Medical Terms
- See also books about Paediatrics