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The specialty that deals with the medical care of infants, children and adolescents. Paediatrics in the UK differs from the US in that is a specialty rather than primary care medicine for children, as it is generally regarded in the US and countries which follow the American model of specialisation.


The medical speciality concerned with all aspects of childhood diseases and disorders and with the health and development of the child in the context of the family and the environment.


Medical specialty concerned with treatment of children in health and disease through adolescence.
Synonym(s): paediatrics.
[G. pais (paid-), child, + iatreia, medical treatment]

Patient discussion about paediatrics

Q. How can I prevent baby caries? Hi, I’m pregnant on my 34 week and my older son had baby caries, I would like to prevent that this time.

A. You can buy or sometimes get from your dentist a special toothpaste for infants to rub on thier teeth and gums.

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