Pediatricians are medical doctors who specialize in the care of children.
Pediatricians can treat children who have any type of problem, or they may specialize in specific areas, such as:
- Adolescent medicine (conditions and diseases common to teenagers).
- Cardiology (diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels).
- Developmental disorders (behaviour, communication, and mental disorders in children).
- Endocrinology (diseases of the endocrine glands, which regulate hormones).
- Gastroenterology (diseases of the digestive system).
- Infectious disease (complex infections).
- Nephrology (diseases of the kidney and urinary system).
- Oncology (cancer).
Pediatricians are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Last Revised: October 11, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Donald Sproule, MD, CM, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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