A pediatrician is medical doctor who manages the physical, behavioral, and mental health of children from birth until age 21. A pediatrician is trained to diagnose and treat a broad range of childhood illnesses from minor health problems to serious diseases. In caring for child, a pediatrician will:
Do physical exams.
Give your child recommended immunizations.
Make sure your child is meeting developmental milestones in growth, behavior, and skills.
Diagnose and treat your child's illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems.
Give you information about your child's health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs.
Answer your questions about your child's growth and development.
Refer to and collaborate with specialists should your child need care beyond the pediatrician's expertise.