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When should kid stop going to pediatrician?

When should kid stop going to pediatrician?

Depends: On pediatricians. Some go from birth to 18 or 21. Some won't see kids that become pregnant as they will need an obstetrician. Always best to ask your pediatrician their policy, so you won't be surprised. ...Read more

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At what age are people classified as adults? Is that when you should stop seeing a pediatrician?

At what age are people classified as adults? Is that when you should stop seeing a 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 more

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Until what age does a person see a pediatrician?

Until what age does a person see a pediatrician?

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 more

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At what age should someone be to stop seeing a pediatrician as a doctor?

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 more

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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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Im 16. Am i too old to see a pediatrician?

Im 16. Am i too old to see a pediatrician?

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 more

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I am 17. Is that too old to see a pediatrician?

I am 17. Is that too old to see a pediatrician?

Not too old: Definitely not too old. I am a pediatrician in New York, and here we see patients up until their 21st birthday, unless they want to switch to an adult doctor before then. The earliest we usually recommend switching to an adult doctor is 18. ...Read more

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When should a newborn start seeing a pediatrician?

When should a newborn start seeing a pediatrician?

As a newborn: I begin seeing my newborns in the delivery suite, and often follow them until they graduate from high school.In hospitals where they are seen by staff, they come to me for their 3 day or 2 week followup. ...Read more

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What types of patients do pediatricians see?

What types of patients do pediatricians see?

Birth till late teen: Pediatricians are trained in the non-surgical treatment of children across many areas of of treatment from the premature infant until late teens. Some focus their work in particular areas. ...Read more

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Should a 17 year old see a pediatrician?

Absolutely: Yes, a 17 year old can continue to see a pediatrician yearly for a full physical exam and also when the child is ill. Most pediatricians continue to see patients until 21 years of age. ...Read more

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Can i continue to see my pediatrician even if I am an adult (teenager)?

Can i continue to see my pediatrician even if I am an adult (teenager)?

Whatever suits you: I see most of my teens until they graduate from high school if they are comfortable coming in. After graduation a few stick around until they hit 20, if they have had difficulty finding a comfortable alternative, but after that point i let them know it's time to move regardless. ...Read more

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Who is a developmental pediatrician? What kinds of patients does he see?

Who is a developmental pediatrician?  What kinds of patients does he see?

Developmental/: Behavioral Pediatrics has been a subspecialty since 2002. Our role is to 1) evaluate children from birth-l8 who have difficulty in development/academics, behavior &/or peer interaction & have underlying genetic, biological (medical) &/or environmental issues 2) team with parents to address their child's medical, educational, & social/emotional needs 3)provide ongoing multimodal management. ...Read more

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Pediatrician said my baby gains nothing from breastfeeding at this age and I should stop. He still nurses 6 times a day. Should I stop?

Pediatrician said my baby gains nothing from breastfeeding at this age and I should stop. He still nurses 6 times a day.  Should I stop?

Nursing benefits.: Most strictly nutritional benefits from nursing occur in the first three months. Stopping becomes a decision based on maternal preference: demands/convenience secondary to work, etc., may be complicated by nursing, but formula supplements are certainly adequate to replace nursing if necessary. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should someone stop seeing a pediatrician and start seeing a general practice doctor?

Doctors can you tell me when should someone stop seeing a pediatrician and start seeing a general practice doctor?

College: It should be up to the patient. I've found after 25 years that in general, my "kids" don't mind coming in to see me well into the late teens/early 20's. I kind of nudge them gently to see my brother, an internist with whom i share office space, by the time they graduate college or turn 22, 23 years old. ...Read more

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Penis Lining Is Kind Of Redish .. Been Seeing It For A While Now . No Itching Though . Still See My pediatrician ??

Penis Lining Is Kind Of Redish .. Been Seeing It For A While Now .  No Itching Though . Still See My pediatrician ??

Probably OK: This sounds like you're just looking too closely. It doesn't sound abnormal, especially if you're not also having painful urination or discharge of fluid (mucus, pus, etc). But see a doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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For my kids can I go to a family medicine doctor or better to see a pediatrician?

For my kids can I go to a family medicine doctor or better to see a pediatrician?

Either Way: It really all depends on preference and your level of comfort. My wife is a pediatrician and I am a family doc and we both agree that for otherwise healthy kids with the occasional illness a family doc is fine. However, i would seek pediatric care if any of your children have rare disorders or conditions as a pediatrician is more likely to have treated these during their training and practice. ...Read more

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What do other doctors think about gp's taking on pediatric patients? Should kids see pediatricians?

What do other doctors think about gp's taking on pediatric patients?  Should kids see pediatricians?

Pediatrics vs. GP: I'm biased being a pediatrician, gps get about a year of peds, pediatricians get three years all peds. If you are going to take your child to your gp (so one doctor sees the whole family which is great) you might just want to make sure that the gp has a pediatrician that he/she trusts to run things by when he/she isn't sure. The most important quality in any doc is knowing what he/she doesn't know. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and I don't know if I can still got to my pediatrician to see if I have asthma. Am I to old. Or should I just goto urgent care.

I'm 19 and I don't know if I can still got to my pediatrician to see if I have asthma. Am I to old. Or should I just goto urgent care.

You can go back: Most pediatricians will keep seeing their patients to age 21, and it makes the most sense to do so since they know you and know about how you manage the asthma best. You should ask their office about their specific age policies of course. ...Read more

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My pediatrician says I don't need to worry about my children between the ages of 2 years and 18 years old having iron overload. He says it's an "adult onset" disease; is this true?

My pediatrician says I don't need to worry about my children between the ages of 2 years and 18 years old having iron overload. He says it's an "adult onset" disease; is this true?

Worry about iron: You must realize that your doctor is talking about safe nutritional doses of iron for the kids. One of the common poisoning that occurs in children is iron, usually in the form of candy like multivitamins which are now phased out. Growing children and menstruating women need adequate iron on a daily basis. Other adults do not usually need much iron unless they are anemic due to iron deficieny. ...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