Paediatrics

Paediatrics is a medical specialty that manages medical conditions affecting newborns, infants, children and adolescents.

Paediatric Services

We offer parents and children fast access to consultants, assessments and minor treatments. Whether your child is unwell or requires a routine appointment, our consultants are here to help, offering ongoing management and ensuring continuity of care.

Treatments for all paediatric cases include:

  1. Outpatient Service
  2. Inpatient Service
  3. Newborn Care
  4. Vaccination

Our paediatric services include but are not limited to:

General Paediatric

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Lung diseases
  • Infectious diseases
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease (child)
  • Kidney swelling (hydronephrosis)
  • Pneumonia (child)

Common Symptoms when your child is sick

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • High temperature
  • Persistent cough
  • Breathlessness at rest or on exertion
  • Listless or overly tired
  • Discomfort in the chest area
  • Has a rash that doesn’t fade
  • Headache
  • Swollen glands
High Temperatures

If you think your child has a temperature, the best way to check is by using a thermometer. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to take your child’s temperature.

Normal temperature should be between 36-36.8C. A fever is high temperature and as a rule this is over 37.5C

 

How to keep your child comfortable when they have a high temperature

  • Encourage them to have lots of fluids
  • Keep your child cool, do not wrap them too much
  • Keep the room they are in cool
  • Do not sponge your child with tepid or cold water, this causes the blood vessels under the skin to become narrower which reduces heat loss
  • Watch out for signs of dehydration

Common Childhood Illnesses

  1. Coughs and Colds

The common cold is a mild, self-limiting, viral, upper respiratory tract infection.

Symptoms:

  • nasal stuffiness
  • runny nose and sneezing
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • fever

Infants may also be irritable, have snuffles and difficulty with feeding

  1. Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory tract infection that affects babies and children under two years old.

Symptoms:

  • runny nose
  • dry persistent cough
  • fever
  • difficulty breathing
  1. Asthma

Asthma is a common long-term condition that can be well controlled in most children. The severity of asthma symptoms varies between children. Asthma affects airways. A sudden, sever onset of symptoms is known as asthma attack.

Symptoms:

  • difficulty in breathing
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  1. Constipation

Constipation is very common and can occur in children of all ages. Constipation means passing hard stools with difficulty or less often than normal. Abdominal pain is a common symptom for constipation.

  1. Upset Stomachs and Diarrhoea

Most children have occasional loose stools. However, diarrhoea is when your child frequently passes unformed, watery stools. Upset stomach can sometimes be caused by food allergies, but often they are caused by an infection or stomach bug. This is called gastroenteritis. The most common cause of gastroenteritis is usually a virus, such as rotavirus.

Diarrhoea and vomiting can be more serious for infants as they can easily loose too much fluid from their bodies and become dehydrated.

  1. Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a mild disease that most children catch at some point. Some children and adults are at risk of serious problems if they catch chickenpox. This can include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Newborn babies
  • People with a weakened immune system

Chickenpox can be passed onto others between two days before the rash appears to the the period where the blisters burst and are crusted over. If your child has chickenpox, keep them in isolation.

Child Developmental-Behavioural Paediatrics

We help children of all ages who are experiencing developmental, learning, or behavioural challenges. Our team of highly qualified developmental paediatricians offer evaluation, counsel, and treatments for children, adolescents, and their families with a wide range of developmental and behavioural difficulties, including:

  • Attention and behavioural disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and associated conditions including depression, and anxiety disorders.
  • Regulatory disorders including feeding problems, complicated toilet-training issues, and enuresis (bedwetting)
  • Developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism spectrum disorder, visual and hearing impairments.
  • Delayed development in speech, language, and motor skills

Immunisations

Immunisations are used to protect your child from serious disease, which can sometimes cause death. Routine vaccinations start when the baby is two months old. It is important to have vaccinations at the right age to keep the risk of your child getting the disease to a minimum.


Paediatrics Specialist(s)

Dr. Jessica Tan Cheng Ghim

Dr. Jessica Tan Cheng Ghim

Resident Consultant

Dr. Chiah Cheun Hui

Dr. Chiah Cheun Hui

Resident Consultant

Dr. Khamini Ramanujam

Dr. Khamini Ramanujam

Resident Consultant