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!

Energy Drinks

Written by  Dr. Catharine Cesal

Did you know that the amount of caffeine in energy drinks in the US is unknown? The FDA doesn’t require energy drink companies to disclose the caffeine content in beverages including energy drinks. Meanwhile, the US has the highest sales of energy drinks worldwide. They are sold in many forms ranging from ready to drink packages to powders to shots. They are marketed to appeal to teenagers through TV, radio and social media. Energy drink companies use young music icons and extreme sports athletes and other tactics to appeal to youth watching ads to buy their products. They are promoted to help improve stamina, physical balance and energy. Their contents range from nutritive ingredients like sugar to non-nutritive elements such as caffeine, taurine, ginseng and guarana.

Caffeine is a stimulant and a drug that directly affects the nervous system. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), adolescents should not exceed more than 100 mg of caffeine a day. An average cup of coffee (8 oz) contains that much. Amazingly, some energy drinks contain more than 500 mg of caffeine in a can or bottle -- the equivalent of 14 cans of some types of sodas or 5 cups of coffee, which can result in caffeine toxicity. The AAP states, “energy drinks have no place in the diet of children and adolescents,” because of their stimulant content. Caffeine can cause insomnia, headaches, nervousness, restlessness, stomach upset, dehydration by frequent urination and anxiety amongst other symptoms. Large doses of caffeine can cause significant cardiovascular issues including palpitations and even lethal heart rhythm problems. Toxicity in children and adolescents is especially concerning due to their vulnerability with developing neurologic and cardiovascular systems. In addition, addiction potential is higher in youth.

Aside from caffeine, energy drinks also contain sugar in forms similar to those found in sodas and fruit drinks. Two cans of energy drinks could contain up to 180 mg of sugar, which exceeds the daily sugar intake by five times. Excessive sugar intake can result in obesity, diabetes and dental problems. Additionally, energy drinks also contain high sodium levels. A high sodium diet can result in hypertension, kidney problems and an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Alarming estimates show that approximately 1/3 of adolescents consumed energy drinks in the US and between 2010-2011, about 5,000 poison control calls were related to energy drinks.

Another factor to consider is the limited knowledge we have about interactions of energy drinks with other nonprescription and prescription medications teenagers may take including antidepressants, stimulant drugs and antipsychotics. Therefore, it is especially important to discuss the use of energy drinks during office visits. Although the FDA has not set caffeine recommendations for youth, the AAP recommends that children should not consume caffeine. Awareness needs to be increased about these popular beverages that are widely available and not regulated, which could be harming our youth.

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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


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”


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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