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!

Sleep Hygiene

Written by Dr. Matthew Barcellona

The importance of regular sleep for our children and teens cannot be understated. While this importance is not always appreciated by our kids, the effects of poor sleep can certainly be felt by them. Sleep deprivation leads to moodiness, poor attention, fatigue, headache, more illness, and even injury. While a nutritious diet and regular exercise are a mainstay of health, it is during sleep that the body repairs, recharges, and grows!

School-aged kids require 9-12 hours of sleep each night and teens require 8-10 hours. For families struggling to get their children adequate sleep, these tips on sleep hygiene may be helpful.

Set a regular bedtime. Be sure you pick a bedtime that allows enough time to get the recommended amount of sleep. Remember, it may take 15-20 minutes for your child to fall asleep.

Develop a consistent bedtime routine. Having a familiar routine helps a child’s body and mind prepare for sleep. This may involve non-stimulating activities such as toothbrushing, putting on pajamas, reading a bedtime story, praying, or meditating.

Optimize the sleep environment. Be sure the room is sufficiently dark. If a night light is desired, be sure it is soft ambient light. A quiet sleep space is ideal and white noise may be very helpful; background sounds from a floor fan, noise machine, or a bubbling fish tank can be soothing and drown out inevitable undesirable noises that occur during the night. Also, keep the room a cool temperature.

Turn off all electronics: cell phones, computers, and tablets. Studies have shown that electronic screens stimulate the brain and reduce sleep. All screens should be off and INACCESSIBLE to children and teens within one hour before bedtime. Merely the thought of video games and social media can delay sleeping and in some cases keep kids awake for hours.

Avoid caffeine. While a small snack before bed is okay, avoid caffeine and chocolate that can cause a delay in falling asleep.

R-E-L-A-X. Easier said than done. Deep breathing, journaling, listening to soft music, and meditating can be very helpful to slow down the mind and bring forth the Z’s.

Note: Kids who exercise regularly also tend to sleep better. Having 30-60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each day will increase a child’s need for sleep and often improve overall health and sleep quality.

If your child continues to experience sleep difficulty or daytime sleepiness despite employing good sleep hygiene, then please make an appointment with one of our providers to evaluate your child for any underlying concerns.

Sweet Dreams!

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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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