Commitment to Care Excellence: Pediatric Care

From infancy to adulthood, trust your children’s care to the team with the dedication and specialized knowledge to put them on the path to a happy, healthy life.

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As your children embark on the journey of life, the medical team at Kaiser Permanente is equipped to keep their health and development on track. Children’s bodies are unique and require well-coordinated treatments developed specifically for them. The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group’s award-winning pediatricians and pediatric specialists—including pediatric cardiologists, dermatologists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, and many other specialists—can provide routine and specialized care for children, with seamless coordination that is vital but not common in health care.

Coordinated Care for Your Child’s Health

Making sure that your child gets coordinated care is essential for his or her health. At Kaiser Permanente, our integrated care system and electronic medical records enable our pediatricians and pediatric specialists to work together as a team, collaboratively diagnosing and treating children when issues arise.

We help to keep children’s development on track with regular checkups and immunizations to protect them from serious illness and to provide proactive care. We also help to make it easy for you to manage your child’s health with reminders and alerts about upcoming appointments, prescription refills, and any follow-up care.

Access to Urgent Care

We understand that urgent issues may arise, which is why we are available around the clock to help.  For example, if your child has an earache, stomach pain, or breathing trouble, you can avoid long wait times in the emergency room by reaching out to an advice nurse by phone, scheduling a video visit, or walking into one of our 24/7 Clinical Decision Units (CDUs). Located throughout our service area, CDUs are staffed by emergency room physicians who can monitor your child for up to 24 hours in observation units. They have access to pharmacy, lab, and imaging services on-site to help diagnose and treat your child. The care teams at our Urgent Care and CDU locations have immediate access to your child’s full medical history and can coordinate follow-up care with your child’s pediatrician.

Specialized Care

For children who require specialized care, such as mental health services, we provide timely appointments with expert pediatric psychiatrists and psychologists. These specialists are trained to care for children with behavioral health issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, or mood disorders. Pediatric developmental physicians are also available and experienced in assessing and treating children with developmental delays and disorders including autism. Our specialists provide resources, guidance, and support to you, while also helping to ensure that  your child is receiving the best treatment and access to services relating to his or her diagnosis.

Easy Access

Every family should have full, convenient access to physicians and specialists and be well-informed about treatment options and follow-up care. We want to help make it easy for you to manage your family’s health. With Kaiser Permanente, not only can you meet with your child’s physician face-to-face, but you can also connect with your Permanente physicians by phone, email, or video. Once you register for kp.org, you can check your provider’s availability and schedule an appointment, see past visit notes, check most lab results, or order a prescription.

No matter the situation—from routine appointments to specialty care to urgent care visits—our general pediatricians and pediatric specialists have you and your children covered.

 

What makes the way we deliver care superb?

Better prevention

Regular checkups and recommended immunizations can protect children from serious illness and start them on the path to a happy and healthy life. We have had proven success in giving our young patients the care they need, when they need it.

Better detection

Rapid access to specialists and testing can be key to diagnosing and treating conditions that may impact your child’s health. Our pediatric specialists partner with pediatricians to diagnose and treat complex conditions. If your child needs to undergo testing, we will use state-of-the-art equipment and child-friendly techniques to make the process as stress-free as possible.

Better treatment

Through an exclusive partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente offers 80 pediatricians working in tandem with our pediatric specialists to give your family immediate access to a wide range of specialists and cutting-edge care.

Better outcomes

Helping families stay healthy and happy is one of the greatest outcomes we can achieve. Every day we work toward that outcome through the compassionate care provided by our physicians, the cutting-edge treatment available to our members, and the state-of-the-art communication methods we designed to keep you in touch and informed.

 

Read more about Kaiser Permanente's pediatric care here.

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