to provide care for both premature and full-term infants, typically in hospital settings. Dr. Opitz specializes in treating the wide variety of complications that can arise after birth, ensuring a healthy transition from the womb to the world.
Neonatology is a medical specialty that focuses on the care of newborn infants, with emphasis on those that have been born premature or with complex medical problems. As a subspecialty of pediatrics, neonatologists are uniquely trained to practice within neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in hospitals, providing care to babies for a wide range of symptoms and diseases.
Infants require care from neonatologists for a wide variety of reasons including low weight at birth, premature birth, sepsis (blood infections such as pneumonia or meningitis), congenital defects, hereditary disorders, birth asphyxia and intrauterine growth retardation, among others. Left untreated by a neonatologist, factors such as these can contribute to lifelong medical problems and in some cases, death. Needless to say, neonatologists play an extremely vital role in care of infants.
Aside from their role in NICUs, neonatologists may also act as general pediatricians for babies once they have left the unit. Often times, neonatologists are found coordinating health care efforts between obstetricians, pediatricians and family practitioners, helping to provide a safe, smooth transfer of care.
to provide comprehensive medical care for infants, children and adolescents, acting as their primary care physician. Dr. Opitz has the experience and skills to provide the proper medical care for children of all ages, working closely with parents to ensure that the child is developing and maturing properly
Pediatrics is a medical specialty concerned with providing primary medical care to infants, children and adolescents. If possible, children typically see the same pediatrician from birth until around 18 years of age (sometimes longer), fostering the creation of a rapport between the physician and child that allows for more comprehensive and complete care. Because the pediatrician is familiar with the child and can see growth and medical history firsthand, they are in a better position to provide the highest quality of care.
General pediatricians are trained to provide the unique medical care that children require; although children can be treated by general or family practitioners, pediatricians are in a much better position to provide comprehensive care. When providing care, pediatricians have many goals in mind. These include controlling infectious disease, reducing the mortality rates of infants and children and promoting and developing healthy lifestyles among children.
Pediatricians are well equipped to diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses, diseases and injuries experienced by children. These may include general infections and illnesses (such as fevers, sore throats, ear infections, etc.) and minor injuries, as well as some diseases. Pediatricians are trained to identify mental or emotional stressors in children that may lead to psychiatric or mental health complications, including developmental and anxiety disorders, behavioral problems and functional complications, among other indicators.