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!

Guidelines for Healthy Eating

Written by Karen Eynon, PNP

Feeding our kids, and ourselves, can be frustrating at times. Whether it’s fussy eaters, confusing recommendations, or the decision to purchase organic versus conventional foods. Nutrition is, however, the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. A variety of vitamins and minerals are vital to the healthy development of the brain, immune system, and overall growth and development. Let’s begin with a couple of definitions:

Macronutrients are the type of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates needed for good growth a development. These supply the calories needed for the balance of energy expended through physical activity and growth with the energy (or calories) eaten.

Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals needed in smaller amounts to normal functioning of the body systems, growth, and metabolism.

Balancing nutrition and ensuring there are adequate macro and micronutrients during the early years of life is important for a person’s health even into adulthood. Introducing healthy eating as early as possible helps children to develop healthy lifestyles that will keep them healthy throughout their entire life. The American Academy of Pediatrics particularly emphasizes the first 2 years of life as important to a child’s overall nervous system development, setting the stage for lifetime wellness, both physically and mentally, and in the prevention of obesity and chronic illness such as diabetes.

The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has created a toolkit to help make these concepts easier. An easy tool to follow using numbers:
5 - Servings of fruits and vegetables daily (make that a few more veggies than fruits)
4 - BIG glasses of water every day
3 - Servings of something with Calcium (like milk or yogurt)
2 - hours or LESS of screen time (ALL screens)
1 - hour of physical activity every day
0 - Sweetened drinks, like soda, juice, and Gatorade

It is important to remember that calorie needs change as children age as does the need for certain vitamins and minerals. For example, teenage girls need more calcium (up to 1000 mg daily) as well as added Vitamin B complexes and folate.

It is also important to balance the need for calories with how active children are (this goes for all of us as well). The more active a person is the more calories they need to stay healthy. The calories need to be quality calorie, such as getting your carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables and whole grains while limiting foods such as chips, cookies, white bread, etc. The table below gives an idea about amount of calories needed at various ages.
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Focus on encouraging healthy food choices and being physically active every day! This is a family affair and YOU are your child’s best role model!

Guidelines for Healthy Eating
04/12/2018
Resource for parents on current nutritional guidelines written by our nurse practitioner Karen.
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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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