Paediatrics

Most public and private hospitals and medical centres in Dubai have full-time paediatricians on staff, and a growing number have devoted paediatric departments. American Hospital and Mediclinic
Welcare Hospital (both private) have teams of specialist paediatric doctors, while Latifa Hospital (a government hospital) has dedicated paediatric surgeons and neurodevelopment therapists who care for children with special needs and learning difficulties. Dr Anil Gupta at American Hospital, Dr Zuhair Mahmandar at Emirates Hospital and Dr Loubser at Infinity Clinic are popular paediatricians among
expat parents.

The GMC Clinic in Jumeira has friendly paediatricians who will take the trauma out of doctor’s appointments for your child, and who specialise in allergies. Health Call sends doctors for home visits 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is a handy service if your child is too sick to take to a surgery or hospital.

Compulsory Vaccinations
By law, parents are required to ensure that their baby’s immunisation shots are up to date. While the first vaccines are given as soon as your baby is born, you will be required to return to your hospital or clinic every two months until the baby is one year old. At 18 months, babies receive three booster shots and then do not have any more until they are aged five. The UAE’s national immunisation programme includes Hepatitis A and B, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and German measles), chickenpox, Hib and whooping cough.

Do bring copies of your child's vaccination records from your home country with you when moving to Abu Dhabi, as you will need these when applying for a nursery or school place. Your child will also be given a mandatory annual eye test once they reach school age.

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