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What Is a Pediatrician? (video)

Pediatricians care for your child from birth through age 18

Pediatricians care for your child from birth through age 18

Dania Lindenberg, MD, a pediatrician at Scripps Coastal Medical Center Hillcrest discusses the important role a pediatrician plays in a child’s life, what to look for when picking a pediatrician and how often you should expect to take your child to see their pediatrician during his or her first year.

Video transcript

What is a pediatrician?

A pediatrician is a physician, a primary care physician, who cares for children from birth through the teenage years, through age 18, and works with the family to help support them mentally, physically and emotionally.

What should you consider when choosing a pediatrician?

The most important factors to consider when choosing a pediatrician are: Is the office convenient for you? Do they take your insurance? But most importantly, do you get along with that person? Do they make you feel supported? Do you trust their professional and personal opinions? Is it a good match for you?

How soon should you find a pediatrician after you become pregnant?

If you are somebody who likes to do your due diligence, meeting with a pediatrician weeks to months before your due date is helpful to see if that person really is a good match for you and your family. Advice from trusted friends and colleagues can be really helpful, as well.

How often should you take your newborn to see the pediatrician?

Generally, pediatricians will want to see your baby within one to two days of their hospital discharge and then follow at least weekly till they’re back to birth weight and then maybe more frequently if there are other issues.


The first well-check starts at one month and then they’re quite frequent. There’s another one at two months and then they occur pretty frequently through the first year.

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