Pediatrics

family medicine

A pediatrician is a doctor who focuses on the physical, behavioral, and mental health of babies, children, teens, and adolescents. They see children from birth up to the age of 21, so choosing the one that’s right for you will make them an important part of your child’s life and development.

If you would like to meet with a pediatrician or family doctor, please call (740) 439-3515 or request more information online.

WHAT SERVICES DOES A PREDIATRICIAN PROVIDE?

In addition to monitoring your child’s developmental milestones, your pediatrician will also keep you educated on your child’s health, safety, nutrition, and fitness. An important part of this includes regular office visits where a pediatrician will:

  • Diagnose and treat illnesses, infections, and injuries
  • Perform regular physical exams
  • Administer scheduled immunizations

A pediatrician or family doctor can help your child with issues that include:

  • Cuts
  • Scrapes
  • Bruises
  • Pediatric fractures
  • Influenza
  • Juvenile diabetes
  • Common colds
  • School and sports physicals
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PEDIATRICIAN

When you’re expecting, it is highly recommended to find a pediatrician before your child arrives. Depending on your comfort level, this could be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before the delivery.

When you feel that you’ve found the right doctor, you can also schedule an interview with them. Most offices welcome this approach, although you may be charged for a visit. When considering a pediatrician, there are a number of questions you might ask. Here are some of the most common.

  • Does the doctor encourage questions?
  • Do they spend enough time with you?
  • Do you like the other doctors in the practice?
  • Do they take on new patients?
  • Do they take your insurance?
  • How do they handle problems after hours? (e.g., is someone on call?)
  • What hospital are they affiliated with?
  • How convenient is the location, hours, and parking?

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Whether you are looking for a doctor for your first child or just thinking about changing practices, it is never too soon to start your research. If you would like to meet with a medical professional, please call (740) 439-3515 or request more information online.