pe·​di·​a·​tri·​cian | \ ˌpē-dē-ə-ˈtri-shən How to pronounce pediatrician (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pediatrist \ ˌpē-​dē-​ˈa-​trist How to pronounce pediatrist (audio) , pē-​ˈdī-​ə-​ \

Definition of pediatrician

: a specialist in pediatrics

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Look for professional advice — talk to a pediatrician or behavioral specialist for ways in which to discipline your child. Dr. Britten Cole,, "Dr. Britten Cole's Blog: Why I Have Used Spanking to Discipline My Children in the Past," 29 Aug. 2019 Rebecca Baum, a development behavior pediatrician at Nationwide’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, noted that Pennsylvania just approved medical marijuana for anxiety, but only for adults. Laura Hancock,, "After second look, state committee rejects Ohio medical marijuana for anxiety, autism," 14 Aug. 2019 One of the most common reasons a parent takes their child to the pediatrician is for symptoms of a common cold. Anchorage Daily News, "The Kid’s Doctor: Get smart about antibiotics this cold and flu season," 24 July 2019 The town council voted to approve up to $22,000 per year in pension benefits to the pediatrician, who worked for the school district for about 39 years. Emily Brindley,, "West Hartford poised to settle pension suit with former school pediatrician," 4 July 2019 If there’s no immediate danger, start with your child’s pediatrician or primary-care physician who can either address the problem directly or refer you to a mental-health specialist. Emily Bazar, The Seattle Times, "Typical kid behavior or a mental-health problem? It can be hard to decide.," 13 Aug. 2018 One day in the early sixties, Saul Zucker, a pediatrician and anesthesiologist in the Bronx, was treating the child of a New York assemblyman named Alexander Chananau. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 Thankfully, as usual, Slaughter also gives us characters who are easy to care about: Sara Linton, a pediatrician and part-time coroner, and state investigator Will Trent. Richard Lipez, Dallas News, "White supremacists are the eerily relevant villains in Karin Slaughter's new novel," 20 Aug. 2019 Beautiful baby but as a pediatrician… back to sleep only… even if just for a photo shoot and people are watching. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Jessica Simpson Was Mom-Shamed After Posting a Photo of Her 4-Month-Old In a Stroller," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pediatrician

1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pediatrician

: a doctor who treats babies and children


pe·​di·​a·​tri·​cian | \ ˌpē-dē-ə-ˈtri-shən How to pronounce pediatrician (audio) \

Kids Definition of pediatrician

: a doctor who specializes in the care of babies and children


variants: or chiefly British paediatrician \ ˌpēd-​ē-​ə-​ˈtrish-​ən How to pronounce paediatrician (audio) \

Medical Definition of pediatrician

: a specialist in pediatrics

called also pediatrist

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