Our medical staff are trained in the
very latest techniques &
offer a wealth of knowledge & experience in their respective disciplines
Our medical staff are trained in the
very latest techniques &
offer a wealth of knowledge & experience in their respective disciplines

Pediatric Services

Pediatric Services

What is Pediatric Medicine?

Pediatric medicine treats the health of infants, children and adolescents.

In our Pediatric clinic we:

  • accept children at age 0-15 years
  • accept all serious and on-going illnesses
  • vaccinate children according to regulations and practices in the UAE
  • accept children for check-ups and well-child visits

Which pediatric services are covered by insurance in the UAE?

HSMC accepts most insurance in the UAE. Each and every plan mandates what is covered. Many plans in the UAE do not cover preventive care, so check with your insurance before booking an appointment. An example of some items that may not be covered, are as follows: (well-child check-up, vaccinations, medical forms and reports). HSMC charges cash for these services. Please phone 02 613 3999 for more information about these charges.

Services

  • Newborn care
  • Well-child clinic: immunizations, growth and development, screening (obesity, iron deficiency, anemia, dyslipidemia…), nutrition (breastfeeding, vitamin supplementation, advancing the diet…) common complaints (crying/colic, safety and injury prevention…)
  • Common pediatric disorders: sleeping problems, enuresis, language development, separation anxiety, school refusal, undesirable habits and behaviors, common pain syndromes (headache, abdominal pain, limb pain…) attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders.
  • Adolescent health
  • Pediatric infectious diseases: fever without a source, urinary tract infections, otitis media, tonsillitis, influenza, hand-foot-mouth disease, roseola, EBV, CMV, measles, varicella, parasitic infections…
  • Allergic disorders: cow’s milk allergy, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, atopic dermatitis…
  • Respiratory disorders: Asthma, croup, pneumonia, bronchiolitis, bronchitis, common cold…
  • Common Gastrointestinal disorders: Gastroesophageal reflux, constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain…
  • Ear piercing

Vaccination for Children

Vaccines for Infants, Children, and Teens

Vaccines help protect infants, children, and teens from serious diseases. Getting childhood vaccines means your child can develop immunity (protection) against diseases before they come into contact with them.

And did you know that getting your child vaccinated also protects others? Because of community immunity, vaccines help keep your child’s younger siblings, older family members, and friends from getting sick, too.

Why do vaccinations start so early?

Young children are at increased risk for infectious diseases because their immune systems have not yet built up the necessary defenses to fight serious infections and diseases. As a result, diseases like whooping cough or pneumococcal disease can be very serious — and even deadly — for infants and young children. Vaccinations start early in life to protect children before they are exposed to these diseases.

Can vaccines overload my child’s immune system?

No, vaccines do not overload the immune system. Your child’s immune system successfully fights off thousands of germs every day. Even if your child gets several vaccines in a day, the vaccines make up only a tiny fraction of the germs their body fights off.

Why does my child need more than 1 dose of a vaccine?

Children and adults, too need more than 1 dose of some vaccines. That’s because it can take more than 1 dose to build enough immunity against a disease. A vaccine’s protection can also fade over time.

That’s why every dose of a vaccine is important.

Do some vaccines protect against more than 1 disease?

Yes. In many cases, your child can get combination vaccines or vaccines that protect them from more than 1 disease. This means fewer vaccines for them and fewer trips to the doctor for you.

Can I delay my child’s vaccines or spread them out over a longer period of time?

Experts don’t recommend spreading out or delaying your child’s vaccines. There’s no benefit to spreading out vaccinations and following the recommended schedule protects infants and children by providing immunity early in life. If your child misses vaccines or gets them late, they’ll be at risk for serious diseases that are preventable.

Can my child get vaccinated if they’re sick?

Probably, but ask your child’s pediatrician first. Children can usually get vaccines when they have a mild illness like a cold, low fever, ear infection, or diarrhea (watery poop).

Dr. Joanne Saade
Dr. Joanne Saade
Pediatrician Consultant