Pediatrics

Every year, thousands of Pennsylvanians trust Mount Nittany Health physicians with the most important people in their lives: their children.

Pediatrician measuring a little boy.Sometimes it's a simple case of the sniffles or just making sure vaccinations are up to date before that first day of school. Other times a visit to the Medical Center means a broken bone or some stitches.

Whether it's a first checkup, a middle-of-the-night emergency or surgery, pediatricians make sure your children stay healthy.

Primary Care

More than 20 physicians who are a part of Mount Nittany Health practice pediatrics, providing primary and specialized care for children:

  • Well child checks
  • Care when your child is sick
  • Immunizations
  • Parent education, from prenatal classes to breastfeeding instruction to car seat education
  • Pediatric oncology and hematology

Find a pediatrician from the list below or contact Mount Nittany Physician Group's Boalsburg or Bellefonte locations.

Emergency and Inpatient Care

We treat younger patients in need of emergency care at Mount Nittany Medical Center, where we offer amenities, like televisions and video games, to distract and occupy pediatric patients during their stay.

Admission

Once admitted, your child will be examined by a nurse and you will be asked questions to help us care for him or her better. If you need to leave, please make sure the nurse has all the information he or she needs.

For some procedures, we might need to bring your child to our treatment room. You can come with your child.

Safety

Upon admission, children five years old and younger will have a special security bracelet placed on one of their ankles; this alerts staff if your child leaves the unit.

To prevent falls, side rails must be up on cribs and beds. Babies should sleep in their cribs at night while the parents are sleeping, and parents are asked to inform a nurse if they will be leaving so that the medical staff can keep a closer eye on the child.

While we cannot provide childcare for siblings of patients, healthy children under supervision are permitted in the Medical Center.

Sleeping

The inpatient pediatric department offers eight patient beds. We encourage parents to stay as much as possible, including overnight, and will do our best to find a sleep chair or bed for you.

Only adults may stay overnight. Other children or older teenage siblings are not allowed to spend the night.

Showers

We apologize for the inconvenience, but parents may not use the hospital showers. We will gladly provide towels and washcloths to freshen up in your child's bathroom.

Meals

If your child needs food or drinks, please let a staff person know and we will provide the appropriate items. Age-appropriate meals that meet physician-specified guidelines are served at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Microwaves and refrigerators are available for your use, but please ask a staff member for assistance. We can provide an in-room meal for a parent who cannot be relieved for a meal break. A meal tray from the hospital kitchen can be delivered to your room for $6.

Pediatric Surgery

We offer surgical services in an environment tailored for children at Mount Nittany Surgical Center. Although a child's surgery can be a stressful process for families, our caring staff does everything possible to make your family's experience as smooth and painless as possible.

Read more about what to expect when it comes to surgery for your child

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