A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the care and treatment of infants and children. Most pediatricians treat children from newborns to adolescence. Any design for a pediatric medical office should take into account the needs of this population and their parents. The design should be both functional and appealing to the eye.
Organize Waiting Rooms
Designate one waiting room for well baby visits and another for visits by sick kids. A newborn will typically visit the doctor’s office several times during his or her first year of life. Well baby visits are used to check that the baby has gained adequate weight. Pediatricians give lifesaving immunizations and discuss any medical concerns the mother may have about proper feeding techniques and new baby care. Children also visit the pediatrician if they are not feeling well. Dividing the office into patients who are being seen because they are sick and those who are being seen to get a check up will help minimize the spread of contagious diseases. Babies who have not yet been immunized may be especially prone to infections such as whooping cough. A separate area can help reduce risks greatly.
Older and Younger Children Waiting Areas
Have one area set aside for younger children and one for older children. Decorate each area separately if possible. The area for younger children should contain age appropriate games, coloring books and crayons. Older children may prefer separate magazines and toys. Provide seating in each area.
Set aside a specific room for nursing mothers. Nursing is an important, inexpensive and very healthy source of nutrition. Young babies who are nursing may nurse as often as eight times a day. Side aside a specific area where nursing mothers may comfortably feed their babies as they wait to be seen. Nursing can help calm young babies as well as reduce their fear at being in unfamiliar surroundings.
Add details. Brighten up the room with fresh flowers. Make sure all flowers are out of reach of toddlers who may put flower petals and branches in their mouths. Paint the room a warm soft pastel color. Add artwork with pictures of happy children and families. Provide fresh fruit to encourage children and nursing mothers to eat nutritiously. Make sure seats are well padded and children can sit comfortably next to their mothers and fathers while they wait to be seen.
Add lighting. Lighting should be bright enough to allow mothers to see their children as they walk around the office. Any carpeting should be made from non-toxic materials. Provide parents with magazines they can read as they wait. Add a fish tank in the corner of the office to entertain young children. Make sure the tank cannot be tipped over or the top reached by babies and toddlers.