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What Is Age Cutoff For Seeing Pediatrician
Adults: this depends on what whether you are asking from a medical or social standpoint. In pediatric offices, the age at which pediatricians transition care to an adult doctor can be at 18 years old or 21 years old. This is dependent on the pediatric practice. In my practice, I see young adults through age 21. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
18- 22 years: Many pediatricians have been trained in adolescent medicine during residency. As the early 20's are an extension of adolescence transitioning to adulthood, they may continue to see their pediatrician with whom they have developed a relationship to aid in that transition. Can be helpful during the college yrs. Your teen should ask your pedi before making a decision so that it's a mutual decision. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not Broken: Some pediatricians continue to see their existing patients through college. A relationship has been established, why break it? College students come home intermittently and have health care needs. A pediatric office knows the patient and can usually get them in for that acute care visit. We have the patient sign a form allowing discussions with parents, if the young adult wants to share info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not too old!: It depends on how comfortable you are with your pediatrician. I will see my kids until they are around 22 if they want. If you have health concerns that are more adult in nature, you may be more comfortable with an adult doctor. But pediatrics is meant to encompass childhood and adolescence so, in my opinion, you are not too old! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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