Pediatrician

4 Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

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4 Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician
4 Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

Table of Contents:

Is a pediatrician considered primary care?
Until what age can you see a pediatrician?
Is there a difference between pediatric primary care and family care?
What are the benefits of going to a pediatric primary care provider?

Is a pediatrician considered primary care?

While a pediatrician is technically a specialist, since they are trained in medicine for a specific population, they are also commonly included under the umbrella of primary care. This is because many pediatricians work in their own practice or in a clinic like Franklin Primary Care, and they provide general, ongoing care to children.

Some pediatricians may work in hospital or outpatient clinic settings, where the care is more intensive or on an emergency basis. At Franklin Primary Care, we have pediatricians on staff that can see your child on an ongoing basis for all of their primary care related needs. We offer immunizations, physical exams (including school-related exams and physicals), blood tests, asthma and allergy care, and more. If you’re looking for a pediatrician for your child’s primary care needs, contact us today for more information about how to get set up with an initial appointment.

Until what age can you see a pediatrician?

Generally, parents will take their child to a pediatrician until they are about eighteen, but some patients may continue to see their pediatrician for longer than that. It may depend on your child’s unique situation, and whether they have certain chronic conditions or medical concerns that may need more complex, ongoing care.

While a pediatrician is trained in children’s medicine and care, they are also knowledgeable about general medicine. At Franklin Primary Care, we have both pediatricians and general practice or family doctors on staff, so if you’re looking to transition your child out of pediatric specific primary care, we can help. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information.

Is there a difference between pediatric primary care and family care?

Yes. Primary care for children is focused on children’s health, and will require the services of a pediatrician, which is a specialist trained in this area. Family care, on the other hand, is more commonly administered by a family doctor or general practitioner. This is a physician trained in providing primary care to a wide variety of the population, with different health needs and concerns.

Although a family doctor is usually able to take on children as patients, if an issue arises that is outside of their scope of practice, they may refer them to a pediatric primary care doctor to follow-up, or for further care. As a parent, this is why it may be a good idea for you to have a pediatrician on hand as your child’s regular provider to begin with. At Franklin Primary Care, we offer both pediatric primary care and general family care services, so we have physicians available to treat you and your whole family.

What are the benefits of going to a pediatric primary care provider?

While a family or general practitioner can still generally take on children as patients, many parents find that having their children build a rapport with a pediatric primary care provider is a great benefit to their health, and an important mechanism of support. Children typically see doctors much more frequently than healthy adults, and they can have more complex care needs or require different types of testing, monitoring, and health management. For example, children require more frequent physicals and checkups than adults do, to ensure their development is progressing appropriately. If your child sees a regular family doctor and an issue arises that is outside of their scope, it’s likely they will refer your child to a pediatrician anyway. This is just one of the many reasons it’s more efficient for you to have a pediatrician on hand providing the ongoing primary care your child needs.

Pediatricians are specialists in all things related to children’s health, so developing a relationship with one can be an efficient, comprehensive approach for your child’s health.