What is a Pediatrician?
A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the care of children. Pediatricians focus their training exclusively on health and illness in infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Pediatricians provide care for infants, children, and young adults when well or ill. This includes preventative health care focused on issues such as growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition and emotional wellness to promote a lifetime of health.
Can I meet the pediatrician before the baby is born?
Yes, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary prenatal visit. This is a great way to get to know the office and the pediatrician. During this time, we will address questions you have about the practice and discuss any concerns you have about your child’s health.
How often should my child see the doctor?
Children see the doctor for illnesses and for immunizations, but these are not the only reasons. It is important to visit the doctor regularly to evaluate your child’s growth and development, screen for disease, and discuss age appropriate health and safety precautions. Health supervision visits are also a good time for parents to discuss concerns about a child’s development, behavior, learning, nutrition, safety, and overall well being.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends health supervision visits at 3 to 5 days, by 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months, 3 years, 4 years, and yearly through adulthood.
Why does my child need immunizations?
Immunizations are shots given to protect people against serious illnesses. Many immunizations are given in infancy to provide early protection against potentially fatal diseases like meningitis and pertussis. Others are spaced out through childhood to maximize your child’s protection to serious diseases. During the last 50 years, immunization has led to the elimination or near-elimination of many vaccine preventable diseases in the US and has saved many lives. The safety of vaccines is closely monitored by the CDC – physicians and parents are encouraged to report adverse events at any time following a vaccine on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. If you have questions about immunizations, please do not hesitate to call the office and schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns.