THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE...SPECIALIZED TRAINING = SPECIALIZED CARE!
Has specialized medical training in providing care exclusively to infants, children and adolescents
Graduated from medical school and completed a 3-year residency program in pediatrics
Pediatricians are typically “board-certified”, meaning they’ve passed rigorous exams given by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Board certified pediatricians have to meet regular pediatric education requirements.
Only see children, so they gain years of experience in recognizing and treating childhood illnesses.
If your child was born premature or has a chronic health condition that needs close monitoring, a pediatrician offers far more specialized care.
Your pediatrician has become very familiar with your child, his or her medical history/needs and knows how to best diagnose and treat him or her.
Parents often feel more comfortable with their diagnosis and treatment plan.
*Only under certain circumstances will your pediatrician advise you to bring your child to an emergency room or urgent care.
URGENT CARE CLINICS
An Important Message from the AAP
(American Academy of Pediatrics)
Recommendations for children
under 2 years old
Management of acute care for children under age 2 years old requires special pediatric expertise.
AAP does not recommend urgent care clinics without providers that have expertise caring for children younger than 2 years old.
Children under 2 years old with an acute illness, often have variable clinical presentations, may have symptoms difficult to assess and could demonstrate unpredictable responses to treatment, all of which, urgent cares may not be able to handle.