Pediatricians in Ohio
Pediatricians in Ohio provide comprehensive care for the physical, mental and emotional health and development of children from birth to age 21.
The majority of pediatricians in Ohio practice primary pediatric medicine, covering the full spectrum of children’s health care. They diagnose and treat acute and chronic diseases, provide preventive health care services and coordinate and manage the care of infants and children with developmental delays.
Other pediatricians in Ohio specialize in concentrated areas of pediatric medicine. Pediatric specialists in neonatal and perinatal medicine, for instance, care for sick newborns. A wide variety of other pediatric subspecialties include adolescent medicine, focusing on the unique physical, psychological and social needs and issues experienced by teens; developmental and behavioral health of children; care of children with cardiovascular problems; critical care medicine for children who require advanced life support; pediatric emergency medicine; and sports medicine, which focuses on enhancing fitness while preventing illness and injury.
Primary care pediatricians in Ohio partner with the parents of their patients to promote a healthful lifestyle and environment that will benefit not only the patient but the entire family by promoting safety and reducing the risk for illness. Pediatricians also treat infections, diseases and injuries, help control chronic conditions in infants, children and adolescents, administer immunizations, conduct routine physical exams and well child checkups, along with athletic, pre-employment, camp and school physicals.
Pediatricians in Ohio not only focus on children’s physical health and well-being but also behavioral health, depression and anxiety disorders and developmental disorders and delays.
In collaboration with other health care professionals and medical specialists, pediatricians strive to meet the health and emotional needs of children throughout their development as infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Primary care pediatricians complete three years of education and training in accredited pediatric residency programs after graduating from medical school. Residency training prepares pediatricians to care for the whole infant, child, adolescent and young adult. Following residency training and successful completion of a comprehensive written examination, pediatricians are eligible for board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics. Board certified pediatricians must be recertified every seven years.