The Health Guardian is a challenging role, but caregiving in context of pediatrics, the word “challenging” has a whole new meaning. To begin with, it must be stated, “There is no perfect Pediatric Health Guardian.” Every Health Guardian has many plates spinning at one time. We just do our best. One day we wake up, and it’s all over.
It’s the role of every Pediatric Health Guardian to understand the children they care for. When a child feels they’re understood, he or she learns to trust the Health Guardian better. Listening is crucial to understanding. Therefore, it is very important that Pediatric Health Guardians learn to really listen to their children.
Pediatric Health Guardian involves promoting a child’s well-being (holistically), by supporting his/her physical, nutritional, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, mental, and social development. They must be sensitive with their children. They must read ‘the signs’ instinctively – right from the time their children are born. There should be a strong emotional connection between a Pediatric Health Guardian and a child, that a professional pediatrician cannot simply emulate.
As Pediatric Health Guardians, you need to keep your eyes open and observe the children for any emotional, physical or behavioral changes. This way we can recognize any problem early on, without waiting for it to turn into a “situation”.
A baby starts recognizing a mother’s scent and face merely days after birth. From that moment on, the mother’s presence, her touch, her voice, are all a secure base for the child. “I want my mommy” is often the first reaction to anything that upsets the child. This is why it is important for the Pediatric Health Guardian to work on strengthening a trust bond between them and the child. Unreasonable anger and impatience, negative discipline, and public shaming are some of the ways you can lose this trust easily.
As a Pediatric Health Guardian, you have to make your child feel safe and secure – this is often a taken-for-granted role, but it is nevertheless important as insecurity can lead to many emotional and psychological problems in children.
Just as easily as a mother can read her children from their expressions and body language, the Pediatric Health Guardian can also easily talk to their children about what the children are going through. Even if there are no problems brewing, the Pediatric Health Guardian is always interested to know more about their children. They ask probing questions, and they are good at getting answers. As a Pediatric Health Guardian, you need to keep this communication channel open and live, until children become adults. As they grow, children tend to confide more in their friends than parents. This is why you need to be their friend, have daily interactions and share a good laugh – not just start talking when there is trouble.
In order to validate learning and development, it must be documented. There are several creative ideas the Pediatric Health Guardian can use in order to keep valuable records for each child. A favorite method is based on the “minit-book” approach. Through minit-health books, children are taught to comprehend and condense large amounts of material in creatively designed little booklets.
Children are also motivated to better achievement by meaningful charts, graphs, and records. These can be started by the Pediatric Health Guardian and continued by the older children, eventually becoming a part of the health record. In the process, good penmanship, neatness, accuracy, thoroughness, creativity, health awareness, hygiene and other qualities can be developed.