written by Amy Shepherd, M.D.
Parents have many choices when it comes to picking a healthcare provider for their child. It is important to pick someone that has received extensive training in the health of children. Pediatricians are medical professionals that have graduated medical school and attended a three-year residency program specializing in the physical, social, and emotional development of children. Additionally, the pediatrician must pass the Pediatric specialty board and maintain continuing certification requirements through national and state agencies. Children are not just “small adults.” Many of the issues that affect them are unique to pediatrics. Pediatricians are comfortable treating both acute and chronic conditions that may affect your child. Common issues that are evaluated and treated in the pediatrician’s office include ear infections, fever, rashes, asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, headaches, and adolescent depression. Pediatricians also offer anticipatory guidance during routine wellness visits and guide families through the vaccination process. It is recommended to find a pediatrician that can guide your family through your child’s healthcare needs. Experience matters!