Regular Visits to Pediatrician Key to Early Detection

The months preceding and following a child's birth are some of the most active in terms of development, and according to one prominent pediatric anesthesiologist, it is in these months when regular visits are crucial to the detection of childhood defects.

New York, NY, September 16, 2008 --( Regular visits to a pediatrician allow your pediatrition to become familiar your child's behavior,” says Dr. Armen Ketchedjian, author of the book Will It Hurt? A Parent’s Practical Guide to Children’s Surgery. “This familiarity helps them to notice small changes in the way your child walks, or changes in speech or attentiveness.”

According to Dr. Ketch, as he is called by patients, regular visits to your pediatrician help establish a baseline for your child's behavior and are crucial to providing enough information for effective diagnosis of early childhood defects.

“In the increasingly busy medical profession, physicians are forced to spend less and less time with their patients and their families,” says Dr. Ketch. “In the time crunch, compassion, comfort and pertinent information can be potentially compromised.”

On the other hand, too much time with a child can prevent parents from noticing subtle changes as a pediatrician might through regular appointments. In his book, Will It Hurt?, Dr. Ketch hopes to educate parents as to the importance of these regular visits and how they play a role in some child surgeries.

“Many child surgeries are the result of early detection through appointments where pediatricians pay close attention to growth or changes in specific areas of the body,” says Dr. Ketch. “Some areas they focus on include head circumference, small abdominal bulges, swelling glands and changes in appearance.”

Will It Hurt? helps educate parents about pediatric surgery. It is an easy-to-read resource, will give you, your child and your family the help and reassurance you need to make the surgical experience as stress-free as possible.

Listed in The Guide to America’s Top Anesthesiologists by the Consumer Research Council of America, Dr. Ketch trained at Cornell Medical Center, with a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a pain management elective at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has also worked to help develop new techniques in ambulatory anesthesia, taught medical students and residents, and cared for more than 10,000 patients.

Dr. Ketch is also the author of the children’s book Golden Apples, a beautifully illustrated book that aims to help educate children about the dangers of drug abuse.

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Warren Enterprises, LLC and author Dr. Armen G. Ketchedjian chose Arbor Books, Inc. ( to design and promote Will It Hurt? Parent’s Practical Guide to Children’s Surgery. Arbor Books is an internationally renowned, full-service book design, ghostwriting and marketing firm.

(Will It Hurt? Parent’s Practical Guide to Children’s Surgery by Dr. Ketch; ISBN: 0-9815373-0-8; $14.95; 172 pages; 5½” x 8 ½”; soft cover book with illustrations; Warren Enterprises, LLC)

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