What in the world is a pediatrician?
A doctor (either M.D. or D.O) that has completed at least a 3 year long pediatric residency after medical school which has specialized in the care of infants, children, teens and young adults.
What’s the difference between a pediatrician and a family practice physician who does pediatrics?
Training and experience. While family physicians study and care for illnesses throughout people’s life spans, pediatricians specialize in only children. This means they have had more exposure to chronically and severely ill children in hospitals. They have spent time with pediatric specialists who treat childhood cancers, lung diseases, surgical needs, premature newborns, etc.