A physician specializing in Pediatrics is concerned with the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood. Care encompasses a broad spectrum of health services ranging from preventive health care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. The Pediatrician deals with biological, social, and environmental influences on the developing child and with the impact of disease and dysfunction on development.Specialty training required prior to certification: Three years
- Adolescent Medicine
- Child Abuse Pediatrics
- Developmental – Behavioral Pediatrics
- Hospice and Palliative Medicine
- Medical Toxicology
- Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
- Pediatric Cardiology
- Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
- Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Pediatric Endocrinology
- Pediatric Gastroenterology
- Pediatric Hematology -Oncology
- Pediatric Infectious Diseases
- Pediatric Nephrology
- Pediatric Pulmonology
- Pediatric Rheumatology
- Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
- Sleep Medicine
- Sports Medicine
Where can I find information and resources?
What do I need to do to prepare my child for vaccines?
Bring your child’s favorite toy or blanket for comfort. Reassurance is important. For example, tell your child that it may sting but it won’t last long. Never use shots as a threat for misbehavior. Remain calm and confident before, during, and after your child receives vaccines.
What should I expect after my child receives vaccines?
Most vaccines may cause swelling and redness at the site of injection. A cool compress can be applied to the site. Call your healthcare provider if this worsens or is not relieved.
What do I do if my child has fever?
Always take your child’s temperature with a thermometer if he/she feels warm to touch. If the temperature is above 100.4 and your child is under 3 months, immediately contact your primary care physician or ER for advice. High fever may be a sign of infection or serious illness. If your child is over 3 months, acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be given for relief of fever. Refer to enclosed medication directions for appropriate dose related to age and weight of your child. If fever is over 102.5 and your child weighs over 12 pounds, you may use ibuprofen for relief of fever. Refer to dosage directions enclosed with medication. Do not give your child aspirin due to the risk of Reye’s Syndrome.
What can I do for my child if he/she is vomiting or has diarrhea?
For vomiting, give small sips of clear liquids. Pedialyte is a good choice for clear liquids. If child tolerates clear liquids for 24 hours, begin bland solids.
For diarrhea, have child drink plenty of fluids. Give binding foods such as bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Bland solids can also be given.
Immediately take your child to ER or call your primary care physician if you notice signs of dehydration such as decrease in urination, dry mouth, and/or decreased activity.
How do I know if my child has an upper respiratory infection?
More commonly known as a cold, an upper respiratory infection usually runs its course within 7-10 days. More serious symptoms include extreme irritability, poor appetite, and inability to sleep. Call your primary care physician if symptoms persist.