What Is a Pediatrician?
Pediatricians are doctors who manage the healthcare of your young child, including behavior, physical, and mental health issues. Pediatricians are trained to diagnose and treat children
illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases that can affect them you years like asthma.
Choosing a doctor is one of the biggest decisions you will want to make before your baby is born. Which pediatrician is the right choice for your child? Before you start to seek out a doctor, take a few minutes to learn exactly what this kind of doctor does. It will help you make a smart choice and know what to expect when your child shows up.
Pediatricians have a specialized education that gives them special skills to take care of your young child’s health. They graduated from medical school and completed a 3-year residency program in children’s pediatrics.
You’ll want to find a pediatrician who is “board-certified.” That means they have passed tough exams given by the American Board of Pediatrics. Also, to stay certified, pediatricians need to meet regular education requirements.
What Does a Pediatrician Do?
A pediatrician will see your child many times from birth to age 2, and once a year from ages 2 to 5. After age 5, a pediatrician will most likely continue to see your child every year for yearly checkup visits. They are also the first person to call whenever your child is sick.
To take care of your child, your pediatrician will:
- Perform physical exams
- Give your young child vaccinations
- Make sure she meets benchmarks in growth, behavior, and skills
- Diagnose and treat your child’s infections, illnesses, injuries, and other health problems such as asthma
- Give you information about your child’s health, nutrition, safety and fitness needs
- Counsel and answer your questions about your little one’s growth and development
- Refer you to child specialists if they think your child needs expert care like a professional counselor