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At what age should a child stop seeing a pediatrician and start seeing a doctor for adults?

At what age should a child stop seeing a pediatrician and start seeing a doctor for adults?

Leave it up to child: And physician.18-years is usual cut-off age. Many children & their pediatrician want to maintain their relationship until child graduates college at age 22+ years. Adolescent pediatricians often fill the gap between pediatrician and internist or family dr. Some children want to leave their pediatrician by age 16, especially if they don't have a same sex dr. Those kids should be allowed to graduate. ...Read more

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At what age does a child stop seeing a pediatrician and start seeing an adult medicine doctor?

At what age does a child stop seeing a pediatrician and start seeing an adult medicine doctor?

Various: Many children as they get older see the pediatrician as an indication of childhood and want to see an adult doctor as proof of their maturity. There are some adolescent doctor specialists as well. Some children with disease needing frequent visions will stick to their pediatrician for a long time as they know each other well. So there are various answers and no absolute time. ...Read more

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At what usual age does a child stop seeing a pediatrician and start seeing a family doctor?

At what usual age does a child stop seeing a pediatrician and start seeing a family doctor?

Depends: Pediatricians usually stop seeing children once they reach the age of 18. However, I know some pediatricians still see some of their patients until 21 years of age. This usually is because of a pediatric illness or disease. ...Read more

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Should my child see pediatrician or neurologist for muscular dystrophy?

Should my child see pediatrician or neurologist for muscular dystrophy?

ABSOLUTELY: If you suspect muscular dystrophy speak with your physician who may refer you on for evaluation by a neurologist. ...Read more

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How long does it take for baby acne (if this is what it is) to resolve? And if it doesn't, when should we see the pediatrician?

How long does it take for baby acne (if this is what it is) to resolve? And if it doesn't, when should we see the pediatrician?

Baby Acne?: It's best to see a pediatrician or dermatologist to determine what your baby has and from there decide what therapeutic measures to apply.
Good Luck! ...Read more

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Daughter 4 has red cheeks and lil bumps on them has no fever but she's had it every since she was a baby should I see my pediatrician about it?

Daughter 4 has red cheeks and lil bumps on them has no fever but she's had it every since she was a baby should I see my pediatrician about it?

Rash: Tough to say without seeing a pic, but if there for years and doesn't itch, its likely keratosis pilaris, or "chicken skin". Nothing to do about it. Might go away around puberty. Common on cheeks, upper arms, and thighs. Moisturizers can help but likely won't go away. ...Read more

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Baby is gtube fed. Who on my medical team determines the diet and feeding schedule? Pediatrician, GI doctor or do we see a dietician/nutritionist?

Baby is gtube fed. Who on my medical team determines the diet and feeding schedule? Pediatrician, GI doctor or do we see a dietician/nutritionist?

Gtube feeding: If you are seeing a GI doctor, they should primarily be responsible for their feedings. However, your Pediatrician can also manage this in between your visits to the GI doctor as well.
I would talk with your Pediatric GI Specialist to learn what the plan is for the feedings. ...Read more

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A child with undiagnosed add/adhd should see a pedi psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician?

A child with undiagnosed add/adhd should see a pedi psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician?

Depends: It depends on who is available in your area check with your pediatrician first. Some general pediatricians, including myself can evaluate and diagnose adhd using various tools. Others refer the child to a psychologist for a battery of test, then may give medicine if needs too. Others refer to a psychiatrist or even a neurologist. A developmental pediatrician, if available, could also see him. ...Read more

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What must I ask my child's pediatrician about medical tests?

What must I ask my child's pediatrician about medical tests?

See below: What the tests are, why they are needed, how will the results influence your child's care, and any other options. ...Read more

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How can I work with a pediatrician to get the best care for my child?

How can I work with a pediatrician to get the best care for my child?

Pediatrics: Make sure they are board-certified. Go to abp. Org to check credentials. Have an up-front conversation about communication, call-backs, expectations, philosophy on child-rearing, etc. Enlist them as a partner in your child's health. Once the relationship is established, let your doctor know you trust them. ...Read more

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At what point should I take my child to a pediatrician after birth?

At what point should I take my child to a pediatrician after birth?

Within 24 hours: Where are you planning on giving birth? Babies are seen by a pediatrician within the first 24 hours of life; then seen each day while they are in the hospital until discharged. Typically 2 days for a vaginal delivery and 3 days for a C-section. Once they leave the hospital, they need to follow with a pediatrician between 2-5 days later. Choose a pediatrician before birth & they will go over appts ...Read more

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Can a child be diagnosed and get psychiatric meds from her pediatrician?

Can a child be diagnosed and get psychiatric meds from her pediatrician?

Depends: Pediatricians treat kids and your age puts you out of that category. If you are asking about a kid, it depends on the pediatrician. Some prefer to refer most or their behavioral health issues out to child psychiatrist, and limit their treatment to straightforward cases. Some get more involved and treat a broader category of issues. ...Read more

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My pediatrician says my child may have compression neuropathies, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

My pediatrician says my child may have compression neuropathies, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

Nerve pressure: Compression is the same thing as pressure. The medical term refers to problems with nerves (numbness, tingling, weakness, pain) caused by something pushing on those nerves. The something can be bone, ligament, muscle or other soft tissue. ...Read more

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Will my childs pediatrician talk to me without my daughter present?

Will my childs pediatrician talk to me without my daughter present?

Yes: That should always be an option, although time may become an issue in some practices. Of course, it's important to recognize that as your daughter enters adolescence, your pediatrician may also start having to talk to your daughter without you present. ...Read more

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How would my pediatrician check for autism in my child at a yearly check up?

How would my pediatrician check for autism in my child at a yearly check up?

Questionnaire & exam: In the early years, such as during a toddler's routine physical, pediatricians will observe a child's behavior during the visit. There are also well-validated questionnaires such as the M-CHAT that are standard for pediatricians to use to gather information from parents. The M-CHAT is a screening tool for kids ages 16-30 months old. ...Read more

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How do I go about finding a developmental pediatrician for my child with some autistic spectrum issues?

How do I go about finding a developmental pediatrician for my child with some autistic spectrum issues?

Ask: Ask your pediatrician. If not check with the nearest children's hospital, their child development unit. ...Read more

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My pediatrician says my child may have mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

My pediatrician says my child may have mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

Parasitic infection: Leishmaniasis = parasitic infection transmitted by bite of infected sand flies. In mucocutaneous forms it may start with skin sores which can develop into ulcers with inflamed lymph nodes. Inadequately treated or untreated it can lead to nose & throat lesions with congestion & nose bleeds. It can eventually destroy tissue of the nose or throat. Sometimes skin & mucosal lesions are simultaneous. ...Read more

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My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.

My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.

2nd opinion: The term flat head is not very specific. A few may benefit from helmet therapy while a lot self correct. If the idea of waiting to see bothers you, get a 2nd opinion form another doc with appropriate experience evaluating these cases. ...Read more

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Could craniosynostosis be missed until 15 months? Child has a ridge along metopic suture, but pediatrician says too late for diagnosis.

Could craniosynostosis be missed until 15 months? Child has a ridge along metopic suture, but pediatrician says too late for diagnosis.

Craniosynostosis: Ridging along a metopic suture does not necessarily mean craniosynostosis. There are other findings associated with it that fit into the diagnosis of trigonocephaly. It is not too late for a diagnosis and a work up by a craniofacial surgeon might be helpful here for you. ...Read more

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Child has jra and was seen by her pediatrician today. He said her knees has fluid on them. Should I tell call her rheumo and let her know?

Child has jra and was seen by her pediatrician today. He said her knees has fluid on them. Should I tell call her rheumo and let her know?

JRA or IRA: I would recommend calling her, especially is your daughter is having pain. That way you can also ask for guidelines on when to call, when to worry, and when, what and how to treat at home. ...Read more

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Pediatrician told me my premature child can possibly have cerebral palsy. How do they figure this out?

Pediatrician told me my premature child can possibly have cerebral palsy. How do they figure this out?

? 's for you: Dr. Ferguson gave you excellent advice; call now for free evaluation and services thru your state's ei program. My concern is your need to understand what your pede saw, either on physical exam or nicu report, that prompted him to mention cp, which you may equate needlessly with "wheelchair-bound." request a parent conference without baby. Ask questions, listen, write things down, till it's clear. ...Read more

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I dream about becoming a pediatrician. Can you tell me how a doc deals with a child-patient loss, cuz I'm afraid of not being able to save a kids life.

I dream about becoming a pediatrician. Can you tell me how a doc deals with a child-patient loss, cuz I'm afraid of not being able to save a kids life.

Loss: Every physician. Deals with child/patient loss differently. It is certainly not easy but I think that is part of what make us better doctors. To have empathy, to show compassion for not only the child but the families, to be human is what I think makes a good physician. ...Read more

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My 11 years child has moderate anxiety. His Pediatrician wrote Prozac (fluoxetine). We are hesitant to use. Should we consult Psychiatric first. How safe is Proza?

My 11 years child has moderate anxiety. His Pediatrician wrote Prozac (fluoxetine). We are hesitant to use. Should we consult Psychiatric first. How safe is Proza?

Ok: Prozac (fluoxetine) is a relatively safe anxiety medicine that has been largely used for quite some time. Compared with other medicines, this is less addictive, less dangerous and more tolerable side effects. A face to face conversation with your doctor on why Prozac (fluoxetine) would be the choice would be recommended. A second opinion with a psychiatrist could also be beneficial. Good luck. ...Read more

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A three year old child's eye has been constantly wateringwithout any irritation. Should I go to a pediatrician or an eyedoctor first?

A three year old child's eye has been constantly wateringwithout any irritation. Should I go to a pediatrician or an eyedoctor first?

Ophthalmologist: Tearing is due to either an over secretion of tears or a blockage in the tear drainage system. To diagnose this one would at least have to look at the eye under a microscope. As pediatricians do not have this equipment, you would be better served by going directly to an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Hi my daughter is 6 in sep pediatrician says my child has specific learning difficulties add also slt says language disorder / delay what's it mean?

Hi my daughter is 6 in sep pediatrician says my child has specific learning difficulties add also slt says language disorder / delay what's it mean?

ADHD and Specific: Learning disabilities co-occur in 30-35% of cases. Receptive &expressive language delays early on ("specific language impairment" if persistent to ~age 6) greatly increase risk of language-based learning disabilities in school. 90% of reading disorder cases stem from the brain's inability to process phonemes, the smallest units of sound in a language. Ask school for help. See lexialearning ...Read more

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My pediatrician says my child may have knee cap tendon rupture, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

Tendon rupture: The patella, or knee cap, has two major tendons that attach it to the bones and muscles around it - the patellar tendon and quadricepts tendon. If they are injured, they can usually be treated with therapy and bracing. Complete tears sometimes required surgery. ...Read more

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At what age does a child out grow flat feet? My child is 5 and pediatrician said she has very flat feet and this does cause some knee psin

At what age does a child out grow flat feet? My child is 5 and pediatrician said she has very flat feet and this does cause some knee psin

Outgrowing Flat Feet: There are stable flat feet and unstable flat feet in children. Podiatrists are very skilled at recognizing the difference. As the child walks, the heel valgus can be measured and by 5years old should be only 2-3 degrees off a vertical heel. See a podiatrist to check out where your child is. Good luck. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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3 year old child, signs of autism, parents told to cut out bottle. 4 days pasted and child has not taken any liquids the child only eats raw whole apple slices and puffs. She will not touch any other food. The pediatrician has said to hold on for another

3 year old child, signs of autism, parents told to cut out bottle. 4 days pasted and child has not taken any liquids the child only eats raw whole apple slices and puffs. She will not touch any other food. The pediatrician has said to hold on for another

Go to urgent care: Now since dehydration Is a concern. Certainly the liquids a should not continue to be refused by your child for hours on end as dehydration is more important to avoid especially in the Summer. An assessment there is needed for dehydration and possible treatment. With an autistic child transitioning as always done slowly. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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