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What is a pediatrician?

A pediatrician is a doctor who takes care of children and teens. Some pediatricians also focus on taking care of a certain part of the body, like the heart or the lungs, in children and teens.

Babies’ healthcare needs are different from those of adults, so it’s important to choose a healthcare professional who can provide specialized care. The medical specialty dealing with babies, children and adolescents is called pediatrics.

A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of babies, children and teens. All physicians complete four years of medical school. Three additional years of training are required to become specialized in the field of pediatrics. Then pediatricians can become board-certified by passing a comprehensive test given by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pediatricians care for children from birth to age 18. In addition to providing well childcare and immunizations, they treat basic childhood illnesses and diseases. Pediatricians also help parents with concerns about growth and development, nutrition and discipline.

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A pediatrician is a doctor for children who provides preventive healthcare as well as care for acutely or chronically ill children. Usually, pediatricians focus on babies, children, adolescents and young adults up to age 21.

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