Social pediatrics describes child health or illness, within their society, school, environment, and family. Social pediatrics takes a holistic approach towards child health and incorporates other disciplines into its practice, such as social sciences and the law. This leads to a better understanding of the overall context and the sources of stress that affect a child’s development and well-being. The approach relies on collective know-how to come up with a clear diagnosis as time goes on that depends on everyone’s participation, including the children and their extended families.
A specialized doctor in Social Pediatrics will cure the problems relatively by targetting the child’s needs and focuses on the strengths of the child, the extended family and the community. It brings together expertise from the medical, legal and social science fields in order to detect reduce or eliminate sources of toxic stress or risk factors that affect the development and well-being of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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