Pediatricians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of children from birth through adolescence. They often serve as primary care physicians for children.

Pediatricians administer the appropriate immunizations to prevent disease and watch for any abnormalities during the growth of a child. They also advise parents about a child's social and psychological needs.


After completion of medical school, pediatricians must have at least three years of training in general pediatrics. This is followed by an examination by the specialty board.

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