Children's Health (Pediatrics)

  • Medical Author:
    David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP

    Dr. Perlstein received his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati and then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital, Cornell medical Center in New York City. After serving an additional year as Chief Pediatric Resident, he worked as a private practitioner and then was appointed Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Community health and children

Community health goes beyond the family to the community as important to the health and well-being of children. Children need a healthy and safe environment in which to grow up.

There is a big difference between living on a farm, in a small town, in the suburbs, or in an inner city. A neighborhood plagued by crime is an unhealthy community in which to raise children. Not to mention the need for children to grow up in a healthy environment that provides clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.

Other community links that can influence the health of children include schools, sports programs, and learning resources such as libraries. To paraphrase the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child," it might be said that "It takes the community to raise a healthy child."

Health care for children

It is important to emphasize that children are not simply small adults and nor should they be treated as such. Child health care and the specialty of pediatrics are concerned with providing optimal and appropriate care to all children; and, in fact, pediatrics has expanded to include not only young children but young adults, as well, since a large portion of our 18- to 21-year-olds continue to be dependent on their parents into their 20s.

REFERENCES:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. <http://www.aapd.org>.

American Academy of Pediatrics. <http://www.aap.org>.

HealthyChildren.org. <http://www.healthychildren.org>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/29/2016

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