As a new parent, you’re faced with many important decisions, like finding the right doctor for your child. At Alegent Health Clinic, our physicians are qualified to care for your child from birth through adulthood. When it comes time to choose one, here’s how to make a choice between specialties:
Family medicine physicians are qualified to care for patients of all ages, so your child would be able to see the same doctor from birth through adulthood. Family medicine residents train in pediatrics and several other areas including internal medicine, orthopedics and obstetrics and gynecology. Because family physicians can see patients of any age, your entire family can receive care from the same physician. That means your doctor will know the medical histories of all family members and may also be aware of the emotional and social issues within your family that can affect your child’s health.
At Alegent Health Clinic, some of our physicians specialize in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, which means they can care for your child from birth all the way through adulthood. The pediatric specialization allows physicians to focus on the physical and emotional well-being of children, with a focus on preventive health, from birth through adolescence. As your child grows, our physicians begin focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect adults. They are trained to handle chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. When a physician has board certifications in internal medicine and pediatrics, he or she has been trained in both specialties. That means he or she can care for your child — and the rest of your family — no matter their age.
The pediatric specialization allows physicians to focus on the physical and emotional well-being of children, with a focus on preventive health, from birth to adolescence.
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