What do pediatricians do?
Pediatricians help keep children healthy by regularly checking their growth and development. They help prevent illness by giving vaccinations and general health advice.Your pediatrician will see your baby many times from birth to age 2 and annually from age 2 to age 5 for "well-child visits." After age 5, your pediatrician will likely to see your children every year for annual checkups. Your pediatrician is also the first person to call whenever your children is sick.
Some pediatricians are primary care physicians. This means they’re your first stop for general medical care and wellness visits. Other pediatricians specialize.
- oncology: the treatment of childhood cancers
- neurology: the treatment of childhood brain and nervous system disorders
- otolaryngology: the treatment of childhood ear, nose, throat, and neck problems
- neonatology: the treatment of babies born premature
- allergy and immunology: the treatment of childhood food and environmental allergies and problems with the immune system
- rehabilitative medicine: physical and occupational therapy for children
- cardiology: the treatment of childhood heart conditions.
- Do physical exams
- Make sure your baby is meeting developmental milestones in growth, behavior, and skills
- Diagnose and treat your children's illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems
- Give you information about your twins' health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs
- Refer to and collaborate with a specialist should your child become ill and need care beyond the pediatrician's expertise
How Does Your Pediatrician Work With Your Delivery Team?
Most hospitals ask if you have a pediatrician when you go in to deliver. Your child's first examination may be with a hospital pediatrician or your chosen pediatrician. This depends on hospital policy and whether your pediatrician makes rounds at the hospital where you deliver, and whether your child was born early.
- Pediatricians have specialized training in the physical, emotional, and behavioral needs of children.
- Pediatricians only see children, so they often have a broader experience recognizing and treating childhood illnesses.