Pediatrics is a collaborative specialty. Pediatricians work with other medical specialists and healthcare professionals to provide for the overall health and emotional needs of children.
Generally, pediatricians focus on babies, children, adolescents, and young adults from birth to age 21. Some family practice physicians also treat children and adolescents. As a child’s primary healthcare provider, a pediatrician provides the following:
- Preventive health maintenance and ongoing monitoring for healthy children.
- Medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill.
- Coordination of care for children after hospital discharge.
Pediatricians are concerned with more than physical well-being. They also are involved with 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
Select one of our Covenant Health hospitals to learn more about pediatric services at that facility.