A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the medical care of children and childhood illnesses. Their job is to manage the health of your child, including physical, behavioral, and any mental health issues. They are trained specifically to diagnose and treat all childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases. Their education includes graduating from medical school then typically completing three years of education in an accredited pediatric residency program.
A pediatrician will see a child many times from birth until the age of two. After the age of two, your pediatrician will likely continue to see your little one once a year for annual checkups and “well child visits”. They are also the first person to call if your child should become ill. To ensure that your child is fully cared for, your pediatrician will:
– Provide physical exams
– Administer childhood vaccinations
– Ensure that he or she meets milestones in growth, behavior and skills
– Diagnose and treat your child’s illnesses, infections and injuries
– Provide information about your child’s health, safety and nutritional needs
– Answer your questions about your child’s growth and development
– Refer you to specialists if they think your child needs expert care
When you think of a pediatrician, you normally think of a doctor who treats babies or only young children. Pediatricians also treat adolescents and youth up to ages 18 through 21.
Choosing a pediatrician for your child may be one of the most important decisions you make. When looking for a pediatrician, contact Careteam+ where experienced pediatrician, Dr. Eugenia Cooper-Merchant, can provide specialized health and wellness care and will work closely with you as a partner in the healthcare of your child. Make an appointment to establish that important relationship today. Call Careteam+ at 843-234-0005.
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