- Pediatrics



All of our doctors, nurses and specialists are trained to work in pediatric medicine, which includes the treatment of infants, children and adolescents. These men and women are called pediatricians. They provide medical treatment for children who are chronically ill and preventative services, like regular check-ups, for healthy children. Pediatricians manage the physical, medical and emotional health of children.

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Common Pediatric Conditions

The most common conditions pediatric specialists treat are:

  • Injuries
  • Infections
  • Cancers
  • Organ diseases and dysfunctions
  • Genetic and congenital conditions
  • Genetic and congenital issues

Beyond helping manage illnesses, pediatrics includes long term prevention and early detection of problems. They can help parents and children manage:

  • Mental disorders
  • Functional disabilities
  • Behavioral issues
  • Developmental delays
  • Social pressures

The Difference of Pediatrics

Pediatric specialists are experts in working only with children. A child's body is much smaller and is very different than an adult's. Treating children is not like treating a little adult.

Children may not be able to speak for themselves about their health care. Pediatric specialists consider the child's guardian, issues of privacy and consent and legal responsibility every time a health care decision is made. The process is more complex, but pediatric specialists make a child's family feel informed and included in decision-making.

Coming to East Tennessee Children's Hospital

As the only comprehensive regional pediatric center in East Tennessee, Children's Hospital has more than 30 pediatric specialties that can help our patients heal and grow. Our 400 doctors are specifically trained in pediatrics, so they are very experienced in treating children. Our equipment can be changed based on your child's size. Plus, our volunteers provide games, crafts and activities as distractions for your child during his time in the hospital.

The pediatric specialties we offer range from treating our tiniest patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to fixing problems with the heart in Pediatric Cardiology. For more information about the pediatric experts on our team and how they may help your child, browse our specialties and services.