Paediatrician or GP – What’s the Difference?
How is a paediatrician different from a GP (general practitioner)? In this video series, our paediatricians Dr Mas Suhaila Isa and Dr Heng Siok Kheng explain some important differences in how a paediatrician and GP can care for your child.
Paediatrician or GP: What’s the Difference?Dr Mas: Paediatricians and GPs are different because babies and children are not just little adults. They are quite different because infants and children are smaller, and they have less mature internal organs which function differently from adults. Congenital problems and developmental issues, for example, are also very specific to young patients. Paediatricians are trained to handle these issues in babies, toddlers and older children.
Dr Heng: Dealing with the very young also means that paediatricians often need to communicate with parents and family, not just the patient. This part of the paediatrician’s work can be particularly demanding, especially when it comes to painful procedures, or poor prognosis.