A child should see his or her pediatrician frequently during the first few years. Once the child reaches age 3, parents should schedule a doctor's visit at least once per year. Before that, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests parents arrange visits according to the following schedule:
2 to 5 days old
1 month old
4 months old
6 months old
9 months old
12 months old
15 months old
24 months old (2 years)
30 months old (2.5 years)
Do pediatricians provide emergency care?
No, parents should call 911, an emergency physician, or a pediatric emergency physician if a child suffers an acute illness or injuries. Doctors in these fields are more qualified than pediatricians to handle emergency situations.
What is a well-visit with a pediatrician?
A well-visit is a routine visit with a pediatrician to track a child's development, discuss medical or emotional concerns, and receive immunizations and medical advice.
Do pediatricians provide immunizations?
Yes, pediatricians provide immunizations for infants and children up through 21 years.
Do pediatricians have to be board certified?
No, pediatricians do not have to be board certified.They're only required to have a state license. However, certification indicates a dedication to studying pediatrics beyond the requirements.