A local pediatrician plays a key role in your child’s health and development. A local pediatrician is a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats infants, children, adolescents and young adults. A local pediatrician focuses on the physical and mental health of children. Some of the things a local pediatrician may do include performing physical exams; giving immunizations; diagnosing and treating illnesses such as chicken pox, asthma, cold and flu and constipation; diagnosing and treating infections such as ear and eye infections; ensuring your child is reaching their developmental milestones; assessing behavior; assessing mental health in teens and kids and more. Whether you have questions about your child’s nutrition or aren’t sure if they need a specialist such as a local dermatologist, your local pediatrician can help. Some parents choose to see a local family physician with their child, while others choose a local pediatrician. A local pediatrician specialize in treating children, while a local family physician can continue to care for your child once they become an adult. A local pediatrician may refer your child to other specialists as needed. For example, if your child has a concussion, they may need to see a local neurologist or psychiatrist.