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 schedules lactation visits for any babies in our practice. 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!

Picky Eaters

Written by  Dr. Ron Fischler

"Picky eaters" are quite common in pediatric practice, and while they pose challenges, rarely do they experience serious nutritional deficiencies and they do not have impairment of growth.

Vegetables seem to be the most challenging  foods to get kids to eat, and their nutritional value can be made up with multivitamins until they can be encouraged to eat them. Kids who do not drink milk, fortified dairy substitutes, or eat cheese or yogurt may need a calcium supplement. Kids who don't eat meat or leafy green vegetables or raisins may need supplemental iron.

Why is a child a picky eater? No one really knows -- some just don't like the taste or texture of certain foods, perhaps on a genetic basis. For many it's a developmental stage, and if they are not turned off by table arguments, they may be open to try new foods as they grow. Tastes do change as kids mature. As parents, try and cultivate a spirit of trying one bite rather than engage in food battles. Make family meal time fun!

For some kids, picky eating may be  part of obsessive compulsive disorder, in which a child's  need for control plays out over food and they insist on the same foods each day, and foods can't be touching. If they are growing normally and their diets are nutritionally adequate, in the pediatrician's estimation, and their behaviors are not very disruptive, a wait and see approach is appropriate. If the behaviors are getting to be disruptive, talk to your pediatrician; a referral to a specialist may be helpful.

When does picky eating become a "feeding disorder"? What may start out  as picky eating sometimes becomes full blown food aversion and growth slows or falls off the curve, symptoms of a "feeding disorder". This is when further evaluation and treatment are needed often by a team of professionals: a feeding team. Start with your pediatrician and go online to www.feedingmatters.org for more support. This organization was started by local parents to provide information and spread knowledge about feeding disorders in children and provide peer support for parents.

Picky Eaters
04/08/2019
Dr. Fischler discusses how to help picky eaters and when to be concerned for a feeding disorder.
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Milk Alternatives
03/17/2019
Dr. Wiersma shares some insight about the nutrition of different dairy alternatives.
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RSV: Myths vs. Facts
02/09/2019
Dr. Barcellona shares information on RSV in a fun quiz format.
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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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