Time to Say Good-Bye to the Pediatrician? Questions for You, Your Child, and Your Doctor

July 25, 2017
Pediatrician meeting with mother and child in exam room
Have you ever looked at your child and thought: She’s getting too old for this? Maybe you were brushing her hair for her, or picking up the socks that she left on the floor of the bathroom.

The older your children get, the faster the time seems to go by. Before you know it, they’re less like the children you remember and more like mini-adults you hardly know. Given that, are they too old to keep visiting the doctor they’ve been seeing since they were in diapers?

There’s no answer that’s right for everyone. After all, a pediatrician isn’t just a doctor who knows kids. She’s a doctor who knows your kids. There’s a level of comfort there that may be tough to give up. And pediatricians are trained to care for children from birth to young adulthood, so there’s no need to switch before everyone is ready.

Here are some questions for you, your child, and your pediatrician that may help you decide when to make a change.

To Ask Yourself

To Ask Your Child

To Ask Your Pediatrician

Whether or not you decide it’s time to make the switch, it may be time to start thinking about how your adolescent will take responsibility for his or her own health care. Both pediatricians and family care physicians can help make this transition. All you have to do is ask.

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