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Pediatricians: What You Need to Know

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Our Banner Children’s pediatricians are here for – and because of – kids. Caring for them is our calling, and our teams of experienced providers are ready to provide comprehensive, family-centered medical care that makes sense for your child. To do this, we see the whole child, including managing physical, behavioral and mental health issues, along with treating and diagnosing childhood illnesses. Childhood and parenting are among the most important and rewarding parts of the life journey, and we’re here for you and your child at every step of the way.

How Often Should My Child See a Pediatrician?

Depending on the needs of your child, your health care provider will let you know how often you should see a pediatrician. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends seeing your pediatrician from a few days after birth up until age 21.

How to Find a Banner Pediatrician

Banner Health has hundreds of pediatricians in our network. We make it easy to find one near you.

What to Ask When Looking for a Pediatrician

Whether you’re growing your family or switching providers, finding the right pediatrician to care for your children is important. It’s important for parents to feel they can trust their pediatrician to help their kids. Some things to consider when looking for a pediatrician include:

  • Gathering recommendations from friends and family
  • Looking at office location, hours and after-hours care
  • Ensuring your pediatrician accepts your health insurance
  • Checking that the pediatrician is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics
  • Making sure this doctor is up to date on the latest practices

Questions to Ask During your Visit

Once you’ve selected your pediatrician, you’ll want to go in for a visit where you get to know each other. Take this time to decide if you click with your doctor and see how they interact with your child. Some questions you may want to ask include:

  • What is their experience?
  • What is their health care philosophy? Does it match your parenting style?
  • Who are the other doctors at the practice? Can you visit any of them?
  • How long does a typical check-up last?
  • How are emergencies handled?
  • Is there a call-in policy?
  • Do they do telemedicine visits?
  • Do they have after hours answering service or nurse on call?

Well-Child Visits

Banner Children’s well-child visits are designed to keep your child healthy during every stage of their life. These visits help prevent illnesses and diseases with regular vaccinations, track their growth and development and address any concerns you may have.

Vaccinations and Immunizations

Vaccines and immunizations help protect infants, children and teens from diseases that can be serious, and in some cases, deadly. Learn more about the vaccines your child needs throughout the different stages of their life. 

Common Illnesses

Children are prone to certain illnesses as they grow, including ear infections, pink eye and hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Learn more about the common illnesses we treat at Banner Children’s.

The compassionate pediatrics staff at Banner Children’s is ready to help treat, diagnose and guide you through every phase of your child’s life.