Pediatrics

One thing to keep in mind: Family medicine doctors are also an option for your child. They look after the health of your whole family -- kids and grown-ups alike. It's a personal choice whether you use one or a pediatrician.

Some reasons to go with a pediatrician are:

They have special training in children's health.

They only see children in their practice, so they have a lot of experience in recognizing and treating childhood illnesses.

If your child was born early or has a health condition that needs close monitoring, a pediatrician may offer more specialized care.