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 have children will find complete care for their entire family with a Family Medicine provider. We see children and adults of all ages for a wide range of wellness exams or illnesses and injuries.
Q: What is a Pediatric Family Medicine provider?A: Pediatric Family Medicine providers 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. Providers work with children as they progress through each developmental stage and address any concerns which could come up during that time. Providers 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 providers 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, providers have to be specially trained to talk with children and their parents so everyone involved feels comfortable.
Q: What does the pediatric provider do?A: The pediatric provider 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 provider will continue to see your child for yearly assessments. A pediatric provider can:
- Conduct physical exams
Ensure 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