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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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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 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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Would you trust a pediatrician who has no children?

Would you trust a pediatrician who has no children?

Yes: There are many reasons why a given person may not have children. It takes many years of medical and specialty training to become a pediatrician. A person who has board-certification in pediatrics has both taken recognized training and passed exams demonstrating attainment of relevant knowledge, and shown dedication to their field of choice. Years of experience in practice are also relevant. ...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 do pediatricians treat their own kids with canavan disease?

How do pediatricians treat their own kids with canavan disease?

Canavan disease: Regarding canavan disease: it is a genetic disease which is quite rare but seen mostly in ashkenazi jews. There is an over productin of n-acetylaspartic acid in the brain. A metabolic specialist ought to be consulted. However a full organic acid test should be run to help delineate possible adjunct treatments. I am betting most pediatricians would not feel comfortable treating it. ...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 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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Why do pediatricians help children instead of regular doctors?

Why do pediatricians help children instead of regular doctors?

Children: are not just small versions of adults, they have entirely different sets of medical issues and problems. Pediatricians are specifically trained to deal with these. Other types of physicians, for example Family Practitioners, may also have some training in Pediatrics. ...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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How do pediatricians treat their own kids with osgood schlatter disease?

How do pediatricians treat their own kids with osgood schlatter disease?

Same as patients: Depending on the severity, rest, immobilization or surgery. No different than any other child. Disease is the same, treatment is the same. ...Read more

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Pediatrician said girls stop growing @ 21 but now reading adults even as late as 40s can still grow. True? Is it minor like 1/4 inch or several inches

Pediatrician said girls stop growing @ 21 but now reading adults even as late as 40s can still grow. True? Is it minor like 1/4 inch or several inches

Believe what you wsh: Growth comes in the long bones in specialized areas called growth plates. These are open in childhood and adolescence. The hormones of puberty both accelerate and finally close these growth plates. Linear growth cannot continue afterward, nor can they reopen. ...Read more

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

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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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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Wanted to know where can I find a pediatrician who specializes with autism children?

Wanted to know where can I find a pediatrician who specializes with autism children?

Developmental Peds : Look on your insurance plan for a developmental pediatrician and or pediatric psychiatrist. Both of these specialties deal with autism. ...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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Do you have a recommendation for a pediatrician in the houston area? I have two children (5 and 3) who are constantly in the ER it seems.

Do you have a recommendation for a pediatrician in the houston area? I have two children (5 and 3) who are constantly in the ER it seems.

Which part: I know pediatricians in most parts of houston. If you let me know which part, i may be able to better help. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son vomits every time he laughs, cries or coughs hard. My pediatrician said some kids are just like this- is he right? Medicine?

My 2 year old son vomits every time he laughs, cries or coughs hard.  My pediatrician said some kids are just like this- is he right?  Medicine?

Reflux: Reflux can cause vomiting with laughing or coughing. If reflux exists then problems in the chest, such as asthma can develop. Reflux can be treated. A doctor should evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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My pediatrician says it's okay to give cold medicine to my kids when they are over 2, but I'm reading that it isn't recommended? So is it safe or not?

My pediatrician says it's okay to give cold medicine to my kids when they are over 2, but I'm reading that it isn't recommended? So is it safe or not?

Safe vs helpful: As in everything in medicine it is always a question of weighing risk versus benefit. Since everyone agrees that there are no cures for the common cold the that you are trying to do is make your child feel better. The other point is that most cold mess are irrational combinations of drugs that act at cross purposes to each other and have been grandfathered in. So safe but useless. ...Read more

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What are doctor-recommended strategies that pediatricians teach children to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

What are doctor-recommended strategies that pediatricians teach children to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Healthy Kids: I usually discuss diet, sleep, and exercise at each well visit. I stress the importance of 3 meals a day and lots of fruits and veggies. I discourage soda and juice as well as unhealthy snacks. I also recommend approx 45 min-1 hour of exercise every other day to every day. I ask teens to try to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night. Most of all, a doctor needs to spend time with you... ...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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Should the pediatrician advice 10 year old kids if she miss any day of the 6month medication time frame, she will need to restart all over?

Should the pediatrician advice 10 year old kids if she miss any day of the 6month medication time frame, she will need to restart all over?

Incomplete question: When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review.You mention neither the med or the problem involved.If you are critical of the doc,find another.We are not here to criticise your doc based on partial information. This is not a chat room.You are welcome to start over but we have no access to your prior questions or uploads. ...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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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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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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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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How do pediatricians treat their own kids with CMV infections?

How do pediatricians treat their own kids with CMV infections?

Should not: There is a general philosophy that doctors should not be treating members of their own family. If you are asking what the best therapy for CMV infection is, that is a different answer. ...Read more