Healthy Pregnancy

Why You Need a Pediatrician

All parents want what’s best for their kids. When it comes to their health, a Pediatrician can provide the most specialized care.

Pediatricians are primary care physicians who have special training in children’s health. Although other types of primary care physicians can treat kids, Pediatricians have the most experience recognizing and treating childhood illnesses and conditions.

Babies need to see a Pediatrician every few months and older children should be seen once a year. During these appointments, your Pediatrician will check your child’s height, weight, rate of growth and general physical and mental health. It’s also a good time to get caught up on vaccines.

Pediatricians can also treat a variety of conditions, some of the most common including:

  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Rashes
  • Allergies
  • Minor injuries, including sprains or cuts

It’s important to build a relationship with your Pediatrician over the years so he or she gets to your know child’s health needs. So when picking a Pediatrician, find someone you and your child trust and feel comfortable with. It’s also smart to consider location and office hours. Your Pediatrician needs to be someone you can easily access for regular checkups and more urgent health issues.

To find an in-network Pediatrician, reach out to your health insurance provider. You might also ask family and friends for referrals. Ascension Wisconsin provides tours of our pediatrics departments on a regular basis so people can learn more about our physicians and services. To learn more, or to schedule a tour, visit healthcare.ascension.org/Contact.