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Working with Your Paediatrician to Care for Your Child Better

Contributed by: Kids Clinic

As parents, we know the early years are crucial to a child’s growth and development. In this series, our paediatricians Dr Mas Suhaila and Dr Heng Siok Kheng answer some common concerns most parents may have before visiting their child’s doctor. For parents who prefer reading, here’s a transcript of the video.

When do parents visit a paediatrician?

Parents often bring their children to a paediatrician for common childhood illnesses such as cough and cold, vomiting, diarrhoea, chickenpox and Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD). Parents also tend to bring their children to the paediatrician for topics surrounding growth and development, vaccinations that their child would need, common injuries and other related problems. They find it equally important to discuss serious issues like obesity, behaviour disorders, depression and adolescent risk behaviours with their paediatrician.

In what situations does my child have to be admitted to a hospital?

From time to time, if the child is quite ill with unexplained febrile episodes which are seizures associated with high body temperature but without any serious underlying health issues, or wheezing with breathlessness, they may need to be admitted for further investigations and treatment. Dr Mas further adds that “As paediatricians, we are privileged because parents regard us as a trusted source of health and information. In addition, they rely on us to provide advice on raising their children. Ultimately, we all have the common goal of bringing up our children to be healthy and happy individuals.”

About Author

Dr Heng Siok Kheng graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1987 with MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), went on to obtain her postgraduate degree in 1993, and obtained Specialist Accreditation as a Neonatologist in 2011. She has over 24 years of experience as a paediatrician. She has experience in dealing with newborn problems, treating common childhood illnesses as well as dealing with more serious problems needing hospitalisation care.

Dr Heng’s Place of Practice

Kids Clinic @ Toa Payoh

Blk 177 Toa Payoh Central #01-160 Singapore 310177

Tel: (65) 6354 0662

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