Welcome to North Scottsdale Pediatrics!

Thank you for visiting the website of North Scottsdale Pediatrics, a leader in pediatric medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona. Established in 1988, we strive to provide excellent care to our patients – from infancy to young adulthood!

Our mission is to create:

  • Confidence... that your child will receive the very best health care without unnecessary tests, procedures or medicines.
  • Comfort... in a warm, attractive atmosphere where you and your child will feel comfortable.
  • Understanding... through open and direct communication with our experienced staff, who take the time to help you understand your children’s health, development, behavior and illness.
  • Convenience... through our location, office hours, accessible parking, and nearby pharmacy, X-ray and laboratory.

Among the best pediatricians in the nation, our providers obtained their degrees from top schools and training programs in the country. They share a passion for caring for patients and have dedicated their careers to treating children. In fact, our providers are proud to be consistently voted by their peers as “Top Docs” in Phoenix Magazine multiple times over many years.

We love our families, and we even provide services for parents before your baby is born! Once you’re expecting, we encourage you to schedule a prenatal visit and tour our office. We can provide you with hospital and delivery information as well as recommended readings to help you prepare for your special delivery. Once your baby arrives, if you are struggling with breastfeeding, Dr. Caplan, an official lactation consultant, can help! And of course we are experts at newborn care.

We know that choosing the right pediatric practice is an important decision, and we appreciate your confidence in us. Welcome to our practice!

Screen Time and Digital Media

Written by Dr. Tyler Dirvonas

Everyday our children are exposed to an ever-expanding variety of media. From TVs to computers, smartphones and tablets, digital media and screen time can affect how children think, feel, learn and behave. Overuse of digital media can lead to poor sleep, obesity, delays in learning and social skills and behavior problems. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends age-based limitations to screen time and digital media exposure for children.

Toddlers and Young Children:
Children younger than 2 years need hands-on exploration and social interaction with caregivers for optimal development. Infants and toddlers often do not transfer what they see on screen appropriately to true life experience compared to interactions with caregivers.

Children younger than 18 months – use of screen media should be limited to video-chatting with friends or relatives only.

Children 18 to 24 months – should only be exposed to high-quality programming/apps used together with caregivers as this is how toddlers learn best. Letting children use media by themselves should be avoided.

Children older than 2 years – limit screen use to no more than 1 hour per day of high-quality programming (such as those from Sesame Workshop and PBS). Co-view or co-play with your children as much as possible. Help children understand what they are seeing and apply what they learn to the world around them. Avoid fast-paced programs with lots of distracting or violent content.

Older Children and Teens:
Overuse of media can interrupt a child or teenager’s need for adequate sleep and physical activity. Designate media free times and areas within the house. Children should not sleep with devices in the bedrooms and should not use devices or screens for at least 1 hour before bedtime to minimize interference of sleep quality.

Parents should develop personalized media use plans for their children (guidelines and sample plans can be found at the Healthy Children website by the American Academy of Pediatrics). Parents should periodically have open discussions about online safety with their children including treating others with respect and avoiding cyberbullying, sexting and communications that may compromise personal privacy and safety.

Screen Time and Digital Media
02/01/2018
Dr. Dirvonas reviews guidelines on media use with kids at different ages.
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Influenza Hits Arizona Early
01/07/2018
An article on Arizona's current flu outbreak written by Dr. Siegel.
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Flu Shots
12/02/2017
We no longer have flu vaccines for the 2017-2018 season for children over age 3.
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Ironwood Office

9827 N. 95th St., Suite 105
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Deer Valley Office

21807 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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Award-Winning Pediatricians

Our providers are some of the best pediatricians who earned their degrees from top schools and training programs in the country. They also have a passion for caring for children. They have proudly been recognized by their peers multiple times over many years as “Top Docs”

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What Our Patients are Saying

We’ve created a warm, friendly environment to help families feel comfortable in our office. We use the most up-to-date, accurate information to help parents make the best decisions for their children. Choosing a pediatric practice is an important decision, and we appreciate your support!

North Scottsdale Pediatrics

  • Ironwood Office - 9827 N. 95th St. Suite 105, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 Phone: (480) 860-8488 Fax: (480) 860-8498
  • Deer Valley Office - 21807 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Phone: (480) 860-8488 Fax: (480) 860-8498

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