When might it be better for your child to see a paediatrician in Singapore over a family GP? DR WENDY SINNATHAMBY from the new Kids Clinic Tampines talks to us about childhood illnesses, development and other kids’ health issues, and how seeing a specialised doctor can make a difference.
#1 Growth and development checks
Whether you’ve got a brand new baby or a 10-year-old, well checks are vital. They evaluate if your child is growing well and as expected.
“Well baby checks and annual physical examinations are important to track the growth and development of children and to ensure optimal health; problems can be picked up and dealt with earlier, often resulting in better outcomes for the child. These visits also serve as a good platform to discuss preventative measures for health, diet, behavioural issues and other parental concerns,” says Dr Sinnathamby.
#2 Behavioural, feeding and sleep issues
Being a new parent usually means constantly wondering if your child’s behaviour is a cause for concern. Are they behaving as expected, or do they need the attention of a specialist? Paediatricians are well-versed in children’s behaviour and can determine whether certain behaviours are considered normal.
“Behavioural, feeding and sleep issues may be mild to significant. A paediatrician will be able to allay concerns and give appropriate advice on management of more serious issues,” says Dr Sinnathamby.
Immunisations can play a key role in keeping your child protected against various infectious diseases by building their immunity towards preventable infections. Vaccines are most effective when provided at specific recommended intervals. Many of them must be done as an infant, while other jabs and boosters need to be given later on. You can refer to the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule for children’s vaccinations in Singapore.
Two vaccines are mandatory by law in Singapore: diphtheria and measles. Of course, there are other immunisations a child needs in order to register in primary school here; they include BCG, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, poliomyelitis, mumps, rubella and hepatitis B.
“It’s not only important to keep up to date with recommended routine vaccinations; you should also ensure your child has received additional appropriate vaccinations, especially if travelling,” says Dr Sinnathamby.
For instance, if your child will be going to other countries in Southeast Asia, it’s a good idea to consider vaccines like hepatitis A and typhoid, among other jabs.
#4 Acute illness like fevers and infections
“It’s important that babies, especially under three months of age and, ideally, those less than six months of age, be seen by a paediatrician in Singapore at the onset of fevers so that the cause can be identified, and early and appropriate treatment given,” explains Dr Sinnathamby.
#5 Chronic illnesses like asthma, constipation and allergies
Chronic illnesses such as asthma, allergies, eczema and constipation often require management plans that comprise not only medication, but lifestyle and behavioural changes as well. Measures to prevent or deal with symptoms are usually best managed by an experienced paediatrician.
Find out more about The Kids Clinic
Dr Wendy Sinnathamby is the resident paediatrician at the newly opened Kids Clinic Tampines. She has more than 20 years of experience in newborn screening, growth and development screening (watch their video on this here), emergency paediatrics, vaccination, travel advice and adolescent medicine.
Kids Clinic Tampines is located at 9 Tampines Grande (#01-17). It offers extended week-night sessions, Sunday morning appointments and teleconsultation services for select cases. There’s also the option of having medication delivered to your doorstep!
To make an appointment, call 6817 8884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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