Your baby’s primary care provider may be a pediatrician, a family practice doctor or a pediatric nurse practitioner.
A pediatrician is a doctor who has been trained in the care of babies, children and teens. A family practice doctor has been trained to care for people of all ages, from birth to old age. A pediatric nurse practitioner usually works with a doctor and has been trained to take care of babies and children.
All of these providers can care for your child. They will provide:
- Well-child care, including immunizations (shots)
- Information on growth and development, feeding and discipline issues
- Care for illnesses and injuries
Many providers work together in a group practice with:
- Other primary care providers
- Nurse practitioners (nurses with additional training in adult or pediatric care)
- Office nurses or medical assistants
- Laboratory technicians
- Staff who handle the scheduling and billing