Family Doctor or Pediatrician?
Mary Stock Keister, MD
A pediatrician or a family doctor can care for your child.
With the birth of a baby comes an important decision: Who should care for your child’s health? Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital is aware that choosing a healthcare provider for your baby or child is an important decision. We are ready and eager to become your child's caregiver. Here is a full list of newborn and children's care providers that are affiliated with us.
Call 888-402-LVHN today to schedule an appointment for your child.
Many parents choose pediatricians. Pediatricians are physicians who specialize in the care of infants, children, teens and young adults up to age 21. For teenagers with issues relating to the transition to adulthood, an adolescent medicine specialist can be helpful too.
Pediatricians employ staff members who specialize in caring for children. They follow American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and provide specialized care, such as developmental assessment, lactation support and prenatal (before birth) classes. They have expertise in providing care for children with developmental problems and chronic medical conditions.
About Family Medicine Providers
Family medicine physicians have specialty education in the comprehensive health care for individuals and families of all ages (infants, children, teens, young adults, adults and older adults), as well as all genders. Family medicine physicians and advanced practice clinicians offer care in a broad range of areas including pediatrics, women’s health, office procedures, musculoskeletal medicine and behavioral health, among others.
Family medicine physician Mary Stock Keister, MD, says a family physician can care for parents as well as children in the same setting, and can provide care for the child into adulthood. They employ staff members who are trained in the care of children and adults. Like pediatricians, they also provide developmental assessment and follow national guidelines in the care of children.