Does my child need a pediatrician?

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Does my child need a pediatrician?

Pediatricians specialize in children, but do all children need pediatricians? When you're looking for a primary care physician for your little one, consider what your baby needs and what different healthcare providers will be able to offer. 

Your child's primary care physician could be a pediatrician, but you could also choose a family physician or a pediatric nurse practitioner. These three types of health professionals have many of the same qualifications with minor differences in what care they can provide. Any primary care provider will be checking these things at your baby's appointments:

For all of this, you can look to a pediatrician, a family physician, or a pediatric nurse practitioner. A pediatrician is a doctor who has been specially trained in the physical, mental, and social health of children.

A family physician is also a doctor who has been trained in pediatric medicine, though it wasn't a concentrated specialty, and has the benefit of being able to see your child through adulthood.

A pediatric nurse practitioner is a nurse with a master's degree who can give your child care (exams, diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment) and possibly spend more time with you and your child than a doctor would be able to.

There are different benefits depending on which healthcare professional you choose, but any provider will be dedicated to your child and making sure she is healthy and happy. Check out the different providers in your area to find the best fit for you and your baby.


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