Pediatrics for your family's wellbeing and health with an English-speaking Pediatrician in Barcelona

Pediatrics is a medical speciality dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of illness and pathologies of babies, children and adolescents. Its main objective is to provide appropriate, personalized care for each patient with a focus on their wellbeing throughout the ageing process.

At the Turó Park Medical Clinic, our pediatricians welcome you and your children to our warm clinic for accurate diagnosis and appropriate care. 

 

What is the role of a pediatrician?

Firstly, from the first days of life to entering adulthood, the pediatrician plays a vital role in providing medical support to your child. 

At each stage of the child's growth, the pediatrician adapts their role to the most prominent needs.

For instance, our English-speaking pediatrician will:

  • After the birth of your child, complete a full physical exam to check for any birth injuries, health issues developing in the baby’s first 24 hours of life, and discuss any vaccinations or necessary infant screening tests that will be performed.
  • Ensure your children’s good health and make sure they are reaching all of their age-appropriate developmental milestones.
  • Perform all the preventive screenings and vaccinations requested by the health authorities and international pediatric health standards. 
  • Preventive pediatric medicine may include: blood tests, vaccines, and urine tests, for example.
  • Treat any illnesses, diseases or conditions from simple to complex.
  • Monitor your child’s cognitive, mental and psychological development.
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As a result, our multi-disciplinary team of English-speaking medical specialists at Turo Park Clinics work collaboratively, so your pediatrician can make reliable referrals to specialists for their expert advice when needed.

 

What to look for in a pediatrician to get the best care for your child:

First of all, family doctors provide routine care for your child as they are specialized in the physical, emotional, and behavioral needs of children. 

Some factors to consider when choosing a family doctor or a pediatrician include: 

  • Their ability to be empathetic and sympathetic
  • Being able to relate with children of all ages so that they feel comfortable and not afraid
  • Open-minded to different parenting styles, cultures, and ways of communicating
  • Dedicated and hard-working
  • Detail-oriented
  • Diagnostic skills to quickly identify illnesses and injuries, often in patients that can’t say what's wrong
  • A good communicator 

Our experts ensure the best comprehensive care for your children

Our medical center is comprised of an international team of multilingual doctors, health professionals and office staff that are experts at caring for families from around the world.

Most importantly, and especially important in pediatrics, our pediatricians can sensitively adapt to parents’ cultural preferences, experience of different medical systems and doctor’s advice.

Our English-speaking pediatrician

Dr. Ignacio Guimerá

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Pediatrics
Pediatric illnesses and emergencies
Newborn health check
Vaccine administration
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Dr. Romina Carugati

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Congenital and acquired heart disease
Pediatric and fetal echocardiography
Cardiopulmonary exercise test
Health Certificate for school and sports
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Fields of expertise of the pediatrician at Turó Park Clinics

Dr Laura Garriga specialises in general pediatrics, including the fields of pediatric vaccination schedules, treating common childhood illnesses, pediatric obesity, screening for high-risk behaviors, and sex education for our adolescent patients. She performs spirometries, allergy tests and stress tests.

Pediatric pulmonology:

Dr Garriga is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. This involves the diagnosis and treatment of: 

  • Bronchitis 
  • Bronchiolitis 
  • Asthma 
  • Sleep apnea 
  • Cystic fibrosis
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In pediatrics, our experts stay up-to-date on the latest public health and international screening, vaccination, and pediatric care recommendations. We are happy to review alternative treatment plans and answer any questions that you may have. 

 In conclusion, at Turo Park Medical Clinic, our pediatrician has the qualities necessary for success in this challenging medical specialty.

 

 

Pediatrics in Barcelona: our answers to your FAQs

The pediatrician is a highly qualified doctor that specialises in the treatment and consultation of children of all ages up until adulthood.

At each pediatric appointment the doctor will:

  • Measure your child's height and weight
  • Check their motor reflexes (e.g. their coordinated movements like touching their nose with their finger, sensory development, vision and hearing)
  • Give any required vaccinations
  • Consult with any specialists when necessary
  • Some of the pediatric services we provide at Turo Park Medical Center (whether you are an established patient or not) are:

  • Flu shots
  • Travel examinations and vaccinations (see our Travel Medicine page for more information)
  • Rapid Strep cultures for Strep Throat
  • Screenings for ear infections
  • Sports or camp physicals
  • Referrals for other medical specialties such as child psychologists, physical therapists, or sports medicine physicians.
  • There are more frequent visits to the pediatrician during early childhood because children grow and develop so rapidly. Depending on the doctor and the particular child, it may be advisable to visit the pediatrician more often.

    Different countries recommend different schedules of visits to the pediatrician. You may want to talk with your own private health insurance plan to find out the schedule of visits and care they will reimburse you for.

    In the Spanish healthcare system, children must see the pediatrician 6 times during their first year, 2 more times during their second year, and 5 times until they are 14 years old. Once they are 15 years old, they switch from seeing a pediatrician to seeing a general practitioner.

    The usual schedule of pediatric appointments is:

  • Once a month for the first 6 months of life
  • Every three months 6 months old- 1 year old
  • Each four months (3 times a year) 1 year- 2 years-old
  • Once every 6 months (2 times a year) 2 years old- 6 years old.
  • Examples of a medical emergency for your child are:

  • A very high fever
  • Signs of convulsions
  • A severe allergic reaction
  • Significant, unexplained pain
  • Symptoms of breathing problems (either caused by an infection like bronchitis or pneumonia, or asthma)
  • Persistent diarrhea or vomiting
  • Severe, life-threatening falls, burns, or other injuries
  • In the case of one or more of these persisting symptoms, do not hesitate to call an emergency number or our clinic for immediate attention.

    A pediatrician usually takes care of a child until they go through puberty, although there are some exceptions such as:

    Emergency or hospitalization. In these circumstances, your child will be referred to a pediatric service if he is less than 15 years and 3 months. This may vary depending on medical reason for the emergency or hospitalization.

    When your child has a chronic illness, the pediatric team taking care of them may continue until your child is 18-20 years old. At this age, they will switch to adult doctors. Or when children are mentally handicapped, pediatricians may care for them until 20 years old.

    Feel at ease at Turó Park Clinics: our paediatrics service

    Above all, we know that it can seem overwhelming to find a pediatrician in a new city, country, or with a new baby. It is even more challenging when you don’t speak the same language or come from the same country or culture. 

    That’s why expats, international travellers, and Barcelona families all choose the English-speaking pediatric health service at Turo Park Clinics for expert, quality, convenient, and friendly health care.

     Therefore, if you are pregnant, our pediatrician is happy to meet with you before your child’s birth to answer any questions you might have.

    Contact us:

    Please contact us by email or by phone (+34 932 529 729), if you would like to learn more about the many health care services we provide or want to meet our pediatrician. Our English-speaking staff are ready to help you!