Pediatricians differ from Family Doctors (or General Primary Care Physicians) as their medical education includes specific focus on babies, children, adolescents, and young adults.

After Medical School, pediatricians complete three years of education in an accredited pediatric residency program. Their training emphasizes care of the whole infant, child, adolescent and young adult. After residency, pediatricians can become board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics by passing additional examinations. Recertification is required every seven years.

After your birth, your pediatrician will normally want to see your baby 48 to 72 hours later, and regularly after that for checkups up to age 2, but visit schedules vary widely, so check with your chosen practitioner for specifics.

Parents should check with individual providers about insurance options if they are not listed.