Children's Health (Pediatrics)
Pediatric care at Scripps Clinic
Scripps Clinic understands that raising healthy, well-rounded children is the number one priority for parents. From managing picky eaters and screen time limits to bedtime battles, Scripps Clinic pediatricians can help guide you, always taking into account your parenting goals and philosophy.
Pediatricians are specially trained to provide compassionate, high-quality primary care for newborns, children and teens. Our pediatric physicians partner with you and enjoy getting to know your family — listening and responding to your specific health concerns, priorities and goals.
If your child needs to see a specialist, like a pediatric diabetes expert or pediatric cancer expert, your Scripps Clinic pediatrician will coordinate specialist care within Scripps as well as with Rady Children’s Hospital. We’ll always be by your side.
What is pediatric medicine?
Pediatricians specialize in children’s health, focusing solely on caring for infants and children through adolescence. Pediatricians act as primary care physicians for children, providing preventive and general medical care. This care includes preventive medicine, developmental screenings, immunizations and the treatment of illness and injuries, such as ear infections and the flu. Annual wellness exams for your child may also include hearing and vision screenings.
What do pediatricians do?
Pediatricians provide many services, including:
- Newborn and infant care
- Wellness visits
- Adolescent care
- Camp, school and sports physicals
- Developmental, hearing and vision screenings
- Routine lab work
- Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness
- Education on health choices you need to make for your child
- Consultation on school or behavioral issues
- International travel preparation
- International adoption consultations
- Prenatal visits for first-time parents
- Allergy or asthma treatment
- Lactation consultations
- Nutritional counseling
- Referrals to specialists at Rady Children’s Hospital if needed
Scripps Clinic pediatric physicians partner with families and listen closely to parenting concerns. They take into account your parenting style and family dynamics.
Where can I get pediatric care at Scripps Clinic?
Scripps Clinic offers pediatric care at locations throughout San Diego from North County to South Bay. Our pediatric providers have early morning, evening and Saturday hours to accommodate your family’s busy schedule.
Scripps Clinic pediatric care locations
Scripps Clinic pediatricians provide the highest-quality care for children at every stage of their lives. Scripps Clinic pediatric physicians are board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and trained at some of the most rigorous medical programs.
You can choose a Scripps Clinic pediatrician at:
What is curbside arrival?
Curbside arrival is a service available to patients with scheduled appointments at many of our Scripps Clinic and Scripps Coastal Medical Group locations. Curbside arrival allows you to wait in your vehicle until an exam room is ready for your visit. Using the MyScripps patient portal, office staff is alerted to your arrival and notifies you to enter the clinic once the provider is ready for your visit. Learn more about how to use curbside arrival for your next appointment.
Where can I get same-day care for my child?
When your child is ill or injured, your Scripps Clinic pediatrician's office may have a same-day appointment available. If not, Scripps HealthExpress walk-in clinics and urgent care locations may be an option.
Virtual Care at Scripps allows your child to receive care with a Scripps provider at your convenience from home or another location. Telemedicine options include video visits and e-visits; we also offer a free symptom checker so you can evaluate your child’s symptoms and determine the best route of care.
Scripps HealthExpress same-day, walk-in clinics provide care for minor illnesses and injuries, and administer select vaccinations. HealthExpress clinics are open every day, including weekends and holidays. You can go online to view wait times at nearby HealthExpress clinics, then select the On My Way option to be added to the queue of patients waiting to be seen.
HealthExpress Carmel Valley and Rancho Bernardo offer pediatric walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries for infants as young as 3 months.
When it’s a more serious illness or injury, but not serious enough for the emergency room, our three urgent care centers see infants and children as well.
Always go the emergency room when life or limb are at risk. The emergency physicians and staff are ready for any critical situation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How do I find a pediatrician?
To help you choose the best pediatrician for you and your child, check our Doctor Finder. Whether you’re looking for a physician who speaks a certain language or has specific expertise within pediatric medicine, our Doctor Finder can help. The search tool can be used to find a pediatrician by name, gender, language and practice location. Many of our pediatricians have videos online to help you get to know them.
If you’re expecting a new baby and choosing a pediatrician for the first time, we recommend you begin the process to select a pediatric physician in your third trimester. Scripps Clinic pediatricians will schedule a prenatal visit so you can get to know each other before the baby arrives. Ask as many questions as you need to be sure you’ve found the right doctor for your family.
How can I get more help?
Our physician referral specialists can be reached at 800-727-4777, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm for more information about our doctors, services and classes.
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