Looking for a pediatrician in San Diego?
Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups has a list of doctors specializing in pediatric health. Choosing a doctor to care for your newborn is one of the most important decisions you will make as a new parent. It is likely that during the first year alone, you will be taking your baby to see his/her pediatrician at least six times for routine checkups and immunizations alone. This doesn’t take into account unplanned visits for fevers or other ailments. This is why it is so important to choose a pediatrician you trust and feel comfortable with, and we have a list of doctors to help.
Pediatrics is a division of primary care that is devoted to the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood. Although other physicians may also be concerned with these things, pediatricians are especially concerned with health issues relating to congenital defects, genetic variance, and developmental issues. A board certified pediatrician may also complete additional training in one or several pediatric subspecialties, including but not limited to: allergy and immunology, cardiology, critical care, developmental and behavioral issues, infectious diseases, and neonatology.
Like family medicine and internal medicine physicians, pediatricians provide a wide array of health services ranging from preventive care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. Pediatricians have specialized knowledge and training in health issues and conditions pertaining to: the abdominal region, ADHD, allergies & asthma, developmental disabilities, ENT (ear, nose, & throat), emotional problems, fever, cardiology, infections, learning disabilities, and childhood obesity. Most pediatricians also provide immunizations from preventable childhood illnesses like whooping cough (pertussis), chicken pox, measles, polio, and flu (influenza). Some pediatricians provide care for injuries and emergencies such as anaphylaxis, broken bones, and burns.