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Pediatrics

Pediatrics is the medical care of infants, children and adolescents. Pediatricians are specially trained to treat diseases, behavioral problems and mental health issues as they relate to children. Pediatric care includes well check-ups, vaccinations and much more.

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Pediatric care in Fort Walton Beach

We provide pediatric care for emergency services, including neonatal intensive care services.

At HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, your child's health is our top priority. For this reason, our doctors are trained to provide a range of exceptional pediatric emergency and neonatal intensive care services. We are home to the only pediatric emergency room in the Tri-County area. No matter what type of treatment your child requires, we are always prepared to give them the compassionate care they deserve.

Our pediatric services

Our pediatric services are focused on providing you specialized emergency and neonatal intensive care.

Our pediatric services

Realizing your child needs immediate, specialized care can be stressful, but we are committed to making your visit as comfortable as possible. Our staff are trained to meet the physical and emotional needs of each child, ensuring they receive the compassionate and comprehensive care they deserve.

Some of our pediatric emergency services include:

  • Pediatric triage
  • Pediatric-friendly rooms
  • Pediatric-friendly beds
  • Separate waiting area for pediatric patients and their parents
  • Specially trained emergency staff

Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) features:

  • Constant care by neonatologists, registered neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists and physical therapy and social support workers
  • Participation by the mother in providing care
  • Secure updates about your baby
  • Breastfeeding support

If your child needs access to other types of pediatric care, we make it convenient through our HCA Florida Healthcare family of hospitals across the state.

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Dr. Aimee Vafaie, MD, a pediatrician at Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, explains there are several methods for taking a child’s temperature. Find out which is best dependent on age.
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