What age do you switch your kids from a pediatrician to a regular family doctor?

Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have three boys. One is 10 and the other two are 9. At what age or what point do you switch your kids from a pediatrician to a family doctor?

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Sarah - posted on 03/10/2009

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most pediatricians see kids from newborn to 18, I know mine did as a child and now the one we have for our kids does too. Check with yours, I love that their doctor will be with them until college. After that....I don't know!

Lorraine - posted on 03/10/2009

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my kids are twins an just turn 16 i felt so good having a prediatriciant here for us,hes there tell i dont want to see him any more.

Jessica - posted on 03/10/2009

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The peds in my area also see children from birth -18. However, this is causing some consternation for my 6'2" 17 yr old son who is hanging off the exam table at his knees.



He wishes they had a teen night or something where he wouldn't be seen at the same time as the newborns and toddlers. He (with his usual sarcastic wit...) is worried about stepping on them :) Although I am not too worried about that, I do think that a time once or twice a week set aside for teens and tweens would be a great idea!

Lesli - posted on 03/09/2009

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It depends on your primary care doctor. I know my primary care will not see someone until they are 18. I asked this when my son turned 13 thinking he was old enough to go to a family practitioner. I was surprised when the doctor told me not until the age of 18.

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Bernie - posted on 03/09/2009

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My daughter has had alot of specialist because she was born cleft lip and palette. At the clinic the kids still go to the pedatriton until they are 18.All her specialists are in a big city. We live a small town and the doctors here see kids of all ages.

I guess it depends alot on where u live

Maleasha - posted on 03/09/2009

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I've used a family doctor since my kids were born. We don't have a pediatrician where we live, just a clinic with a couple of family doctors. If you like your doctor, stick with him/her.

Rhonda - posted on 03/09/2009

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I asked this very question myself!



I was told by my pediatrician that I should try to keep him as long as I can in case I ever NEED a pediatrician (it is hard to find one here if you don't already have one...)  I only take my daughter to him once a year (to keep him familiar with us) and use my regular doctor for ear infections, etc. It is nice to know that if something every happens that I already have him in my corner.



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Jolene - posted on 03/09/2009

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My daughter has never gone to a pediatrician, just a regular family doctor. I'm sure whenever you want to make the switch is fine.

Amy - posted on 03/09/2009

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I don't use a pediatrician -- I have great Family Practice physician, and the whole family goes to her. I like the fact that we all have the same Dr. (even Grandma, Aunt and cousins) so she's familiar with the whole family's health issues. I know it's in the health history, but we have a lot of diabetes and heart disease in the family, and since she treats all of us she's hyper vigilant about keeping watch. It's also nice in that when my nephew got Influenza last year, Carrie quizzed my sister about who he'd had contact with and my sister came home with a handfull of Tamiflu prescriptions for everyone! Saved us all a phone call or office visit! My sister switched from a pediatrician to my Dr. because she felt we were getting better care than her kids were at their pediatrician. What's most important is good care, and a Dr that knows when and if to refer for specialty care, ie asthma, cardiac, etc.

Shelly - posted on 03/09/2009

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Jennifer,



  If your boys like thier Dr then there is no need to switch until they are 18.  If you are having a problem with the Dr then start looking for another... It's one of those judgement calls that we moms have to make Good Luck

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I (25 yrs old now) wasnt switched until I turned 18.  Pediatricians in my area see children from new born to 18 then they go to a family doctor.  I plan on doing the same with my daughter. 

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