Q: How does pediatrics differ from adult care?
The smaller body of an infant or child has a considerably different physiology from that of an adult who has finished growing. Caring for a child is not like caring for a small adult, particularly since their bodies are growing and changing all the time. Genetic differences, congenital defects, and developmental issues will be a larger concern to family medicine providers than to internal medicine physicians who care for adults. Children also cannot make decisions on their own and frequently do not understand what is going on inside their bodies or the best treatment options. Because of this, providers have to be specially trained to talk with children and their parents so everyone involved feels comfortable.