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From babies to teenagers, children need extra help and care as they grow into healthy adults. Between regular exams, immunizations, school physicals, and more, it can be difficult for families to keep track of everything their child needs. But our team is here to stay on top of these things and more. Premier’s team of pediatricians is experienced and knowledgeable in the delivery of pediatric primary care. Our team is also highly collaborative, sharing their collective knowledge and experiences. This teamwork provides a higher standard of care for all of the infants, children, and adolescents we see. Trust us for support and guidance in the health and development of your child - and contact us to schedule your family’s next visit.
Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our team offers weekday, evening and Saturday hours for pediatric visits at our Penn Hills and Irwin locations.
Pediatricians are doctors who have focused on a branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents (also referred to as pediatric care). Pediatricians can help to manage the physical, behavior, and mental health of children.
Primary care physicians, or PCPs, practice general medicine and are the first line of defense against many common ailments. While they can help with some basic ailments, they do not have the pediatric background of study that pediatricians do.
It's perfectly acceptable to call a pediatrician even for minor and routine matters, including medicines, minor illnesses, injuries, behavior, or even parenting advice. Because children can grow sick and unhealthy quite quickly, we would rather be safe than sorry.
We also encourage you to call and to confirm the best next steps for your family if your child experiences any of the following:
Families should call 911 for any severely ill or injured child, as well as if their child is experiencing bleeding that will not stop; if a deep cut or burn develops; if accidental poisoning is suspected; if a child has trouble breathing or seizures; if they experience a head injury; and/or if they become unconscious.
Knowing when to take a sick child to their doctor isn’t always black and white. This is part of why we invite families to call us with questions related to the symptoms above, so that our team can advise parents on their best next steps. In addition to the above questions, you will definitely want to seek medical care for the following symptoms:
In addition to these types of treatment scenarios, parents of children aged 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine should visit their pediatrician for a flu shot before flu season begins each year.
Regular pediatric visits are just as important as regular PCP and eye doctor visits, even when we feel fine. That’s because these visits are primarily about prevention. They allow doctors to track immunization needs, make recommendations about nutrition and safety, talk about a family's concerns in a timely manner, and so forth.
Visits with a pediatric doctor have many names, including well-child visits, child wellness visits, or a child wellness exam. No matter what they’re called, visits and are focused on whether or not a child is hitting their developmental milestones. These visits include a physical exam (where height, weight, and other measurements are taken), pediatric hearing and vision tests, and other screening tests as needed. A pediatric doctor may also talk about wellness issues such as family and school relationships during these visits.
Yes. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed a set of comprehensive health guidelines for well-child care. The following is their current recommended schedule:
Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our pediatricians are widely experienced and knowledgeable in the delivery of pediatric primary care. They are also collaborative, sharing their collective knowledge and experiences within our care network as needed. This teamwork provides a higher standard of care for all of the infants, children, and adolescents we work with - and will ensure your family stays as healthy as possible from day to day.