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A pediatrician is a child’s physician who provides:
- preventive health maintenance for healthy children.
- medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill.
Pediatricians manage the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their patients, in every stage of development — in good health or in illness.
Generally, pediatricians focus on babies, children, adolescents, and young adults from birth to age 21 years to:
- reduce infant and child mortality
- control infectious disease
- foster healthy lifestyles
- ease the difficulties of children and adolescents with chronic conditions
Pediatricians diagnose and treat:
- genetic defects
- organic diseases and dysfunctions
But, pediatricians are concerned with more than physical well-being. They also are involved with the prevention, early detection, and management of other problems that affect children and adolescents, including:
- behavioral difficulties
- developmental disorders
- functional problems
- social stresses
- depression or anxiety disorders
Pediatrics is a collaborative specialty — pediatricians work with other medical specialists and healthcare professionals to provide for the health and emotional needs of children.
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