A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in preventive health care for infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatricians have undergone special training to diagnose and treat various childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases.
Pediatricians specialize in kids' health and have more in-depth knowledge about your children's growth, development, and behavior from birth until age 18. After passing a comprehensive exam, the majority of pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Here at Children's Medical Centers of Fresno, we believe it’s never too early to start looking for your child’s pediatrician. We generally advise if you’re pregnant, now is the time to search for a "pediatrician near me" and interview local pediatricians. Many parents-to-be begin their pediatric search during their second trimester of pregnancy.
The anticipated arrival of a new baby is an exciting time, but it is also a period where you will make many important decisions. Choosing a pediatric provider you trust before your baby's arrival will offer peace of mind and allow you to establish a healthcare relationship between your pediatrician and infant from birth.
If you are not satisfied with your infant, child, or adolescent’s care at your current pediatrician's office, it’s never too late to look for a new provider. Your child deserves adequate care, and as a parent, you deserve trustworthy care for your child.
Establishing a healthcare relationship between the parent and the pediatrician is also essential. Our clinicians provide parents and caregivers with support and advice on growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition, and emotional wellness to nurture a lifetime of good health. We also offer WIC Referrals for parents.
It is important to attend regularly scheduled well-child-care exams with your local pediatrician beginning in infancy.
These well-care visits or checkups are essential preventive care and routine examinations for the doctor to observe the advancement of your child’s physical and mental development and growth, ensuring they are on track with their age group. During these visits, our pediatricians will counsel and teach parents to detect possible problems and answer any questions they have about a child’s behavior, development, safety, nutrition, and overall well-being.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following schedule for routine well-child visits:
2 to 5 days old
And once a year thereafter for an annual health well-child visit. This visit will include a physical exam and a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment. Do not wait until your child is sick or has an illness to Google a "pediatrician near me". Pediatricians are trained in preventive care for children.
You can schedule an appointment by calling our offices during regular business hours, at (559) 455-1500.
You can also make an appointment via our appointment booking system by clicking “book an appointment” at the top of the screen.
Our clinics are open during the following days and times:
Monday – Friday, 8:30am-8:30pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 3:00pm
* Please note that our clinics are closed for lunch Monday – Saturday from, 12:30pm -1:30pm.
Absolutely! We love welcoming new patients and parents into our Children's Medical Centers of Fresno family. We are always striving to serve our local community to best of our abilities by providing quality care in a safe and welcoming environment for your little one’s healthcare needs.
Contact our office for additional information or request an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your child!
Our team will make a same-day appointment for your child to be seen in person or via telemedicine during business hours.
Our direct number is 559-455-1500.
If your child has a major medical emergency, please call 911 or take them to the nearest emergency room.
According to the CDC, on-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.
Vaccines work with your child’s immune system to prevent serious diseases and strengthen their immune system. Babies are born with immune systems that can fight most germs, but there are some serious and even life-threatening diseases they can’t handle. That’s why they need vaccines to strengthen their immune system.
Immunity is the body’s way of preventing disease. Your baby’s immune system is not fully developed at birth which can put your baby at a greater risk for infection. Vaccines reduce your child’s risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help safely develop protection against disease
Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection. With all types of vaccines, your body will remember how to fight that virus in the future. It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to build up that protection.
Vaccinating your children on time protects them and anyone around them with a weakened immune system by reducing the spreading of illness.
Vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages. To learn all about vaccines and immunity, what vaccines are made of, and how they are kept safe please visit the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/why-vaccinate/vaccine-decision.html