Chances are that a general practice or family specialist physician can provide your child with the high-quality medical supervision they need during this time of rapid growth and development. Pediatricians specialize in childhood illnesses, completing a three-year residency in pediatrics prior to rigorous testing for board certification in the field. This specialization may make all the difference when an unusual or rare condition crops up. Using a pediatrician for your child’s care is like an extra layer of assurance against unexpected health developments.
At Suburban Healthcare Associates, doctors certified in pediatrics work alongside the regular care teams, so you no longer need to juggle several health care providers to meet your family’s needs. It’s the best of all worlds -- a general practice with targeted specialization that’s important to your child’s development.
Pediatrics covers health care from childbirth until the age of 18. The obstetrician “hands off” care to the pediatrician, even though in some cases this may be the same doctor. It’s the role that’s important because pediatrics isn’t just a version of adult medicine for the younger crowd.
Perhaps the biggest difference in care is with development. Once you reach adulthood, changes in your body happen slowly over time. A child, on the other hand, is constantly developing and growing, and not simply in a physical sense.
Intellectual and emotional development are also important factors. In the case of medical conditions, such as hearing impairment, must be diagnosed quickly and accurately, since your child’s condition can influence the ability to learn and socialize.
Pediatricians focus on your child’s health as it relates to growth and development, and these doctors practice the field daily, keeping up with trends, and ensuring the most detailed observations of your child’s health.
As a full-service pediatric practice, Suburban Healthcare Associates offers its younger patients a wide range of treatments, tests, and screenings such as: