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    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 (behavior, 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 can be board-certified through the Board of Pediatrics, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

    Current as of: February 19, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

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