Pediatric Care

Pediatric Care Specialist
If you are looking for a physician for your child, the San Fernando Community Health Center offers pediatric care and treatment to patients throughout San Fernando Valley, California and the surrounding areas. Here, you can find the compassionate pediatric care you are looking for.

Pediatric Care Q & A

What is a Pediatrician?

A doctor who treats and works with children is referred to as pediatricians. Preventative medicine and medical care for children who are ill or dealing with a chronic condition is handled by a pediatrician. These doctors are focused on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of their young patients. The doctors and the parents will work together as the child progresses through each stage of development. Any issues which may arise during that time will be treated by the pediatrician. These doctors will treat infants and children through age 21 and will help them to create healthy lifestyle habits.

How Does Pediatrics Differ from Adult Care? 

Pediatrics and adult medicine differ from in each in numerous ways. Infants and children have smaller bodies and this has a significantly different physiology from that of an adult. Children’s bodies are continuously changing and growing which makes the care and treatment of that body very complex. Pediatricians are also especially concerned with congenital defects, genetic differences, and developmental issues. Children also cannot understand what is going on inside their bodies and pediatricians will have to be specially trained to communicate with them and their parents. These doctors will also have to work with the parents frequently because a child can’t give permission either.

What are the Subspecialties in Pediatrics?

Like internists, subspecialties are pursued by many pediatricians. A subspecialty is a more specific area of study which requires advanced training. Subspecialties include:

  • Critical care medicine
  • Endocrinology (diabetes and endocrine system)
  • Gastroenterology (stomach and intestines)
  • Hematology (blood)
  • Neonatal medicine (care prior to birth)
  • Nephrology (kidneys)
  • Oncology (cancer)
  • Pediatric cardiology (heart)
  • Pulmonology (lungs)

To schedule a consultation with one of our pediatricians, contact the office. The doctors can work with you to ensure that your child is in the best possible health.

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