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What can I expect from my pediatrician?

Your pediatrician does many jobs, but in general you can expect the doctor to:
  • Monitor your child’s growth and development
  • Diagnose, treat, and explain illnesses and treatments
  • Provide referrals to other specialists and work with them when needed
  • Help with a potpourri of other issues: exercise and nutrition, toilet training and bedwetting, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral problems, and dealing with death, separation, and divorce, or any other major life changes that may affect your child.
Basically, you should view me (I’m standing in for your pediatrician here) as a partner whose main goal is to keep your child physically and mentally healthy.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents

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