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What is a pediatric hospitalist?

A pediatric hospitalist is specially trained pediatrician who works in the inpatient/hospital setting.
When a child gets sick and needs to stay in the hospital, a pediatric hospitalist can monitor the care of that child 24 hours a day.

Children are not small adults. Their bodies work differently; they respond to medications differently and their emotional and social needs are different as well. It's important that each of those aspects of care is addressed. Pediatric hospitalists are able to make real-time medical decisions when a child's condition worsens or improves, and communicate often with families. The hospital is able to reassess a child every couple of hours, and pediatric hospitalists do lots of education and handholding with families.

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