Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that deals with infants, children and adolescents and their development and diseases. Your Axis pediatrician will see your child many times from birth to age 2 and once a year from ages 2 to 5 for well-child visits. After age 5, your pediatrician will likely continue to see your child every year for annual checkups. Your Axis pediatrician is also the first person you will call whenever your child is sick.

Pediatricians attend not only to disease and injury treatment and prevention, but also to your child’s long-term happiness and quality of life, including:

  • learning abilities
  • developmental delays and disorders
  • genetic and congenital conditions
  • behavioral problems
  • functional disabilities
  • social stresses
  • mental health disorders including depression and anxiety

To take care of your child, your pediatrician will:

  • conduct periodic physical exams
  • give your child vaccinations
  • check your child’s milestones in growth, development, behavior, and skills
  • diagnose and treat illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems
  • give you information about your child’s health, safety, nutrition, and fitness
  • provide guidance about safety and disease prevention
  • guide you in parenting, breastfeeding, and infant care
  • promote healthy lifestyles and proper nutrition
  • collaboration with other specialists in the interest of your child’s wellness

A new analysis finds that children who eat healthfully are more likely to be happy, and those who are happy are more likely to eat healthfully. Childhood weight and well-being also appear to be linked. Childhood overweight and obesityis a growing problem; around 1 in 3 U.S. children and teenagers are overweight or obese. Overweight often accompanies and compounds health problems, and it has psychological effects. Children who are overweight are more proneto low self-esteem, negative body image, and depression.

Your Axis pediatrician attends to your child’s long-term health, happiness, and quality of life.