Paediatrics is the branch of medicine referring to the care of infants, children and adolescents. Minors have their own set of medical conditions that require specialised knowledge. A paediatrician is not only concerned with the immediate management of the medical care of children, but also in the long term effects on quality of life, disability and survival. Paediatricians are involved with the prevention, early detection and management of problems including:
- Developmental delays and disorders
- Behavioural problems
- Functional disabilities, allergies and cancers such as leukaemia
- Mental disorders including depression, stress and anxiety disorders
The smaller body size of children is physiologically substantially different to adults and can present challenges which are paralleled by maturation changes. Congenital defects, genetic variance and developmental issues are of greater concern to paediatricians than they often are to physicians attending to adults.
Another major difference between the practice of paediatric and adult medicine is that children, in most jurisdictions and with certain exceptions, cannot make decisions for themselves. The issues of guardianship, privacy, legal responsibility and informed consent must always be considered in every paediatric procedure. The concept of legal consent combined with the non-legal consent (assent) of the child when considering treatment options, especially in the face of conditions with poor prognosis or complicated and painful procedures/surgeries, means the paediatrician must take into account the desires of many people, in addition to those of the child. An example of a dilemma in this area is when blood transfusions are refused by the Jehovah’s Witness parents of an ill child requiring a transfusion.
There are several specialisations within the field of paediatrics: genetics, critical care, gastroenterology, developmental-behaviour, neurology, infectious disease, haematology/oncology, rheumatology, rehabilitation, pulmonology, child abuse, accident and emergency, and endocrinology.
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Experts in the field of paediatrics may be asked to give opinions on the extent to which the medical care of injured or ill children and adolescents has been appropriate. They can offer their expertise in litigation relating to medical negligence and malpractice where doctors, medical staff and/or hospitals have failed in their duty of care towards children. Examples include obtaining the correct diagnosis, prescribing the appropriate treatment and informing parents of all risks.
Experts may also be asked to provide opinion on future treatment needs, costs of treatment and recovery times. Paediatricians may also be asked to give opinions in family law cases.
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The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:
- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype