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How Is A Pediatrician Different from Other Doctors?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatricians spend anywhere from three to six years in pediatric residency training after medical school, whereas other doctors can spend as little as three months in pediatric training. This means pediatricians receive up to 24 times more training in the specialized care of children than other doctors. 

Because they care only for children, pediatricians are able to focus on the latest research and changes in pediatric medicine. They have the skills to treat a wide range of ailments, from basic childhood illnesses to more serious diseases, and they are experienced not only in the physical, but also in the emotional and social development of children. A pediatric office and staff will tend to be geared more toward children as well, understanding that children are not simply small adults.

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