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Family Doctor and You

Being your health partner, a family doctor cares about patients beyond the treatment of their diseases, to ensure physical, psychological and social well-being for his patients. He /she provides comprehensive and continuing care to you and your family, through all life stages.

Life is never the same after getting married and having kids. These are normal stages of life which most of us will go through, and yet, many feel stressful or unable to cope easily with the changes in daily routines or added responsibilities as a Dad or a Mom. To instill the concept of family doctor to families with children, the Department of Health has designed the “My Family Doctor Walks with Me” poster. It included the drawing of a family and their family doctor by a 6 year-old girl to promote that family doctor being your health partner, he / she aims to nurture lasting, caring relationships with patient and family members. He/she knows you and your family well and understands your health concerns to maintain health for you and your family.

“My Family Doctor Walks with Me” poster

We hope the following sharing can help you to better understand that family doctor, being your health partner, provides comprehensive and continuing care to you and your family.

Rash in babies - a Hassle for Parents

It's all parents’ wish to see their new babies thrive under their own love and care. To parents, every effort is worthwhile to protect their baby from illnesses.

(Special thanks to emi for the original drawings)

Imagine being woken up by the cry of your little baby early in the morning. He looks more irritable than usual. You just fed him an hour ago, his nappy was dry. You noticed red patches appearing over his neck and armpits. You couldn't figure out what they were: How to stop my baby from scratching? Will the rash go away by itself?

Worried, you bring your baby to your family doctor. Your baby stopped crying immediately as the doctor held him in her arms. You were concerned, "The rash seems very itchy." Your family doctor examined your baby thoroughly from head to toe, "It's eczema."

Taking the advice of your family doctor, you bathed your baby very carefully at home and gently apply the medicated ointment to your baby's skin. Your baby's skin condition gradually improves.

In fact, many skin problems in infants may be difficult to differentiate just by appearance alone. Bring your baby to your family doctor when in doubt. He/She will determine what treatment is safest and best for your baby's delicate skin.

Only milk is good for bone health?

You always read information on healthy diet for children in discussion forums on the internet. Many parents believe drinking enough milk is important for bone growth.

On one occasion, you brought your child to your family doctor to receive vaccine. You mentioned that your child seems shorter than other children of similar age. You were concerned about your child not drinking enough milk which might affect bone development.

“Milk is a good source of calcium.” Your family doctor smiled, “but a variety of local Chinese food, such as green leafy vegetables (choy sum, Chinese mustard green, broccoli, bok choy petiole and kale), tofu and fish are also rich in calcium.”

Based on local survey results and updated dietary guidelines, your family doctor also offered recommendations to help you plan a balanced diet to meet your child’s needs in different stages of growth.

(Special thanks to emi for the original drawings)

Make Good Use of Electronic Screen Products

Your child became less active and preferred staying up late at night to play computer games. His performance in school was not as good as he used to be and he looked tired throughout the day.

You decided to bring your child to your family doctor to check whether there is anything wrong with his health. "Your child is getting fatter around his waist," the doctor said. “Probably because he is spending too much time over electronic screen products without resting. This would also affect his memory and attention span." With much encouragement, you followed your family doctor's recommendation of taking your child to play with other children in a nearby park or engage him in physical activities like climbing the stairs with you and teaching him to make good use of electronic screen products.

(Special thanks to emi for the original drawings)

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