As parents, there’s little that’s more important than the health and well-being of your child. Dr. Mirela Mircea and Dr. Vivian Lugo-Eschenwald of Family Medicine Associates of Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia provide a full-service family medical practice, giving care to patients of all ages. Both Dr. Mircea and Dr. Lugo-Eschenwald also serve as pediatric caregivers at Inova Alexandria Hospital. Come to FMAA to assure the very best care for your child.

Pediatrics Q & A

Family Medicine Associates of Alexandria

What's pediatrics? What does a pediatric doctor do?

Pediatric medicine covers the care and health of children, typically from birth to the age of 18. It’s a newer branch of medicine, emerging in the mid-1800s through the efforts of Abraham Jacobi, the father of pediatrics. A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes only in treating children, and they may have a pediatric specialty, too. The medical staff at FMAA are family medicine specialists. They’re well-versed in general pediatrics, able to provide health care services to most children, referring to specialist pediatricians if necessary.

The pediatric medicine focuses on preventing infant and child mortality, controlling disease, and promoting healthy lifestyles for children through medical care. While immediate care is often the most pressing need, through the illnesses and injuries of a typical childhood, the family practitioner also treats pediatrics as a long-term concern and a grounding for a healthy life.

What are some of the special concerns a doctor can identify in a child?

Many conditions have clues before and during development. At FMAA, the doctors and staff stay alert to prevent, detect, and manage disorders that begin in childhood. These could include:

  • Developmental disorders
  • Delayed onset of normal traits
  • Behavioral and functional disabilities
  • Infectious disease including immunization
  • Mental disorders, stress, depression, anxiety
  • Hearing and sight disorders

How does pediatric medicine differ from adult medicine?

Treating children as though they're simply tiny adults ignores substantial physiological differences between infants, toddlers, children, and teens, as well as the differences between these groups and adults. Congenital defects, developing bodies, genetic variances, and diseases that strike during childhood frame a different focus than the medical demands of adulthood. Medical professionals working in pediatrics specialize heavily after medical school, even if they don’t specialize in a pediatric discipline while enrolled. One advantage a family practitioner may have over a pediatrician is the insight of treating more than one person in the child’s family.  

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