Comfortable, caring atmosphere  for your child 

Sick days are no fun for both parent and child. When those sick days involve hospital stays, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital strives to make the visit as comfortable as possible with quality pediatric care and a pleasant experience for the family.

Children often need extra assurance, so one parent or guardian may spend the night with their child. Pediatric patients may bring their own pajamas and a toy or blanket from home. To help pass the time, we offer a playroom, teen room, video library and video games.

Why Do You Need a Pediatrician?

A pediatrician in Fountain Valley, CA is trained to evaluate a child’s overall emotional and physical health, ensuring their development is on track. Our pediatric care services feature:

  • A multi-disciplinary care approach with experienced pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, nurses and other specially trained staff working together for the best possible outcome for your child
  • A board-certified pediatric critical care physician available 24 hours a day
  • Advanced technology for treating sick and critically ill infants and children up to 21 years old
  • 11-bed, Level III Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and 22-bed Pediatric Unit, both certified by California Children’s Services (CCS)
  • Pediatric social worker

Our pediatric hospitalists and intensivists coordinate all aspects of a child’s in-patient stay, working with pediatric sub-specialists in the following areas:

  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary

We offer the following pediatric surgical specialties:

  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic
  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastic/Hand Surgery

Our other pediatric services include:

Child Life Program

A dedicated Child Life Specialist will be there to provide emotional support for families and encourage the optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences. The specialist can help children learn effective coping through play, education, self-expression and preparation activities, as well as prepare them and their families for procedures and surgery.

Child Life can offer the following to families:

  • Age-appropriate playroom toys and activities
  • Bedside and playroom activities with volunteers
  • Diversional support during procedures
  • Family and sibling teaching and support
  • Medical play
  • Pet therapy
  • Pre-operative teaching and tours
  • School liaison support
  • Teaching about new diagnoses

Pediatric Emergency Care

From simple health issues to critical emergencies and acute illnesses, our medical team is ready to help your child start feeling better. Our Emergency Department is staffed with medicine physicians who are trained in pediatric emergencies. Fountain Valley Regional Hospital has a Pediatric Unit and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on site, allowing emergency room physicians immediate access to pediatric hospitals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Pediatric Transportation

Our Pediatric Transport Service ambulance functions as a traveling intensive care unit, ensuring infants and children continue vital monitoring and special treatment during transportation. As soon as the ambulance reaches our hospital, our patients will receive advanced neonatal and pediatric medical attention. The ambulance has a neonate for lifting and transporting incubators, advanced technology and a dedicated pediatric transport team.

What Is the Role of a Pediatrician?

Children need different treatment types from adults as their organs have not yet fully developed. A pediatrician in Fountain Valley, CA is a specialist who can focus on the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. They specialize in diagnosing, treating and managing children’s developmental, behavioral and physical issues.

Although general doctors may care for children, pediatricians are specifically trained to diagnose and treat children's injuries, infections and other health conditions. They will work with your child’s primary physician to determine the appropriate treatment. Pediatricians may also prescribe medications, but they do not perform surgery.

Pediatricians are involved in the following:

Educating Parents About Expected Child Development

Parents may not be aware of how their children should be developing. A pediatrician can help parents review expected development for a child’s age and discuss the next development milestone to help prepare the parent and the child for future changes.

Conducting Developmental Screening

A pediatrician may be able to determine if a child is meeting motor, language, social and social or self-care developmental expectations. A child may be referred to other specialists for further screening if they are not meeting expected developments for their age.

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