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About Pediatricians

What is pediatrics?

Pediatrics is the branch of medicine focusing on medical care for infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatricians are medical doctors who specialize in pediatrics. These physicians are considered primary care providers, offering diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative medical services for patients younger than 18.

Pediatricians, like other primary care providers, are usually the first point of contact for a patient to the greater health care system. You (and your child) will generally see a pediatrician before seeing any medical specialist.

You might see a pediatrician for:

  • Routine or annual check-ups (also known as well visits)
  • Acute care for injuries or illness
  • Lab testing (usually blood or urine tests to screen for internal health conditions)
  • Physical, mental, and behavioral development consultations
  • General health and wellness guidance
  • Immunizations
  • Speech therapy (when appropriate)
  • Behavioral/ developmental treatment (when applicable)

This is not a complete list of all services provided by pediatricians.

What medical conditions can a pediatrician treat?

Pediatricians have the training and clinical experience to treat hundreds of acute and chronic conditions, ranging from illnesses (like the common cold) to behavior disorders (like ADHD).

Acute conditions treated by pediatricians include:

  • The common cold/ flu
  • Sore throat/ strep throat
  • Stomach flu (gastroenteritis)
  • Bronchitis
  • Ear infections
  • Skin infections (like impetigo)
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Sinus infections
  • Bladder infections (UTIs)
  • Chickenpox

Chronic conditions treated by pediatricians include:

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy
  • Obesity

Developmental disorders treated by pediatricians include:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders: including autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Sensory Processing Disorders (SPDs)
  • Learning Disabilities: including dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Language and Speech Delays/Disorders: including apraxia of speech, stuttering, or receptive language disorders
  • Down Syndrome

What immunizations does my child need?

Your pediatrician will monitor your child’s growth and development. Making sure your child is up to date on their immunization schedule is part of this responsibility. Your pediatrician will discuss your child’s immunization schedule with you and inform you of the vaccinations your child requires. In all fifty states, vaccination is necessary for a child to be eligible to go to public school.

Standard immunizations required by law include:

  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine (known as TDaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine
  • Poliovirus vaccine
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine

Follow your doctor’s orders regarding when your child is vaccinated and what vaccinations they receive. Vaccinations are crucial to protecting your child against harmful—and sometimes lethal–diseases.

When should I bring my child in for a well visit?

Well visits–also known as well-child visits–are routine check-ups for your child.

These visits help ensure that children remain healthy and allow parents to catch any problems before they become serious. During these appointments, pediatricians will typically check the physical growth of children, discuss immunizations and other vaccinations, and answer any questions or concerns parents may have about their child’s health. They can also provide advice on nutrition and exercise for growing children and guidance on safety issues.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the largest professional organization of pediatricians, recommends that children receive well-child visits in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Within the first week after birth (3 to 5 days old)
  • 2 weeks to 4 weeks after birth
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 2 years old (24 months)
  • 3 years old
  • 4 years old​

After their second birthday (24 months old), it is recommended that a child get a well-child visit (or a routine check-up) every year. This schedule extends into adulthood.

How do I book a pediatric appointment?

Sesame makes finding and booking a pediatric appointment for your child more accessible than ever. You can find in-person and online pediatrician appointments in Anaheim, often with same-day availability.

Here’s how to book an appointment:

  • Search “Pediatrician” in Sesame’s search bar
  • Browse the list of available providers near you
  • Choose between video and in-person services
  • Pick a time that works best for your schedule
  • Book your visit!

Yep, it’s easy. Sesame directly connects you with providers in your area—no insurance networks to worry about. Simply book your visit, pay upfront, and get great care.

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