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Why Your Child Needs a Pediatrician

You may have heard the old cliché about children being more than just tiny adults, and no one understands this to be true more than Dr. Lisa Rainey and Dr. Perdita Taylor-Zapata of West End Pediatrics, your Alexandria, VA, pediatricians. They know that kids are best served by specialists trained in treating them.


Many parents depend on general practitioners and urgent care facilities to handle the majority of their children's health care needs.

Perhaps believing that a pediatrician is simply who you go to for shots and chronic childhood problems.

But pediatricians are specially educated and experienced in not only treating, but also communicating with children who may be too shy, or young, to express their worries to a general practitioner, or even their parents.

Pediatricians are concerned with the physical, and also the emotional, and social development of your child.

They're on Your Team

Having a pediatrician be part of your child's life, from as early as possible, is important for many reasons.

Besides keeping track of your child's vaccination schedules and growth charts, both important services, they can help diagnose diseases.

A doctor who is in regular contact with your child can better notice symptoms that may be missed by others.

They are in a better position to treat chronic conditions, like asthma, ADHD, and diabetes, among others.

For emergencies, you should contact your pediatrician for advice and guidance as to the appropriate treatment for your child, given that they are better versed in their medical history. Some emergencies are even best handled in the pediatrician's office itself.

Your Pediatricians in Alexandria, VA

The relationship between your family and your pediatrician is an important one to foster. They are on your and your child's side. Give Dr. Rainey and Dr. Taylor-Zapata of West End Pediatrics a call in Alexandria, VA, by dialing (703) 823-7400.

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