Our Pediatricians specialize in the treatment of children, both in maintaining health and treating illness and injury.
PEDIATRICS QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Utah County area patients who need treatment for injuries or illnesses as soon as possible get the urgent care they need at locations in American Fork, Lehi, Lindon, and Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Q: What is a pediatrician?A: Pediatricians specialize in the treatment of children, both in maintaining health and treating illness and injury. Pediatricians look after the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of the children which come into their office. Pediatricians work with children as they progress through each developmental stage and address any concerns which could come up during that time. Pediatricians focus on infants and children through age 21 and encourage them to create healthy lifestyle habits which will stick with them as an adult.
Q: How does pediatrics differ from adult care?A: The smaller body of an infant or child has a considerably different physiology from that of an adult who has finished growing. Caring for a child is not like caring for a small adult, particularly since their bodies are growing and changing all the time. Genetic differences, congenital defects, and developmental issues will be a larger concern to pediatricians than to internal medicine physicians who care for adults. Children also cannot make decisions on their own and frequently do not understand what is going on inside their bodies or the best treatment options. Because of this, pediatricians have to be specially trained to talk with children and their parents so everyone involved feels comfortable.
Q: What does the pediatrician do?A: The pediatrician will see your child several times between birth and age 2 and then each year from ages 2 to 5 for well-child exams. Then the pediatrician will continue to see your child for yearly assessments. A pediatrician can:
- Conduct physical exams
Give your child receives important immunizations
Ensure developmental milestones in growth, behavior, and skills are being met
Diagnose and treat infections, injuries, illnesses, and other health concerns
Provide information about nutrition, health, safety, and fitness
Answer questions about your child’s development and growth
Refer to and collaborate with specialists if needed