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When Should Kid Stop Going To 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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
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?
Yes: IT'S always a good idea to check with the physician about this type of question as he/she knows the patient best. Sometimes when a day's dose is missed we instruct the patient to take a double dose the next day, but mostly we just have him take his normal dose the next day. It all depends on the type of medication,however. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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