Family practice doc or pediatrician?

  1. Just wondering what type of doc you take your children to see? I have nothing against either type of doc. I think they both have their good qualities....

    When I was a child, my parents took me to a pediatrician. We lived in a decent size city and that is who my parents preferred. When I got married, I ended up moving to a very rural area of the state where family practice docs are the norm. There are some peds doctors in a town about 15 miles away from us, but they are a clinic practice. You don't necessarily see the same peds doc every visit...you have to take whoever is available that day. We take the boys to our family practice doctor, who is in practice by himself. I was just wondering what other nurses/health care people use for their children's care.
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  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    When Brian was born and until he was about 4, we all just saw the same family doc. When I started working as a nurse and had to choose new docs due to insurance changes, I picked a pediatrician for him. For no other reason really than working in the nursery and getting to know them, I thought I might as well take advantage of it.

    Heather
  4. by   Gator,SN
    I took my older 2 kids to a pediatrician until they were 10&12 and Austin (5)still sees him. My daughter (who is now 13) sees a female NP. She is wonderful and she talks to her about all the changes shes going through and self image, body weight etc... My son (15) just sees the doc, who is fairly young and talks to him like an adult, so Blake is happy.
  5. by   deespoohbear
    I am sure that if we lived in the city, the boys would probably go to a peds too. Just where I live now it is so rural. And thank God the boys are healthy they never have required much for healthcare (except for the routine stitches, one incident that required orthopedics, and an allergist for my youngest). I called a couple weeks ago for my oldest child to get his Ritalin Rx renewed (you have to get a new script every month) and the office nurse said I needed to bring the kid in because he hadn't been seen by the doc in a year!!! What is great about our family practice doc is he still does sutures in the office...has saved me a couple trips to the ER!!! Never know what local yokel will be in our ER. Most of them are excellent, but there is one doc in there I wouldn't let touch my family or me with a ten-foot pole....
  6. by   Angella Walker
    We all see the family practice doc. I have just had this same doc for 16 years now, and he delivered all of the kids. I am comfortable with him and my kids love him. He is like walmart, you can get everything done in one visit...lol
  7. by   kids
    Pediatrician. It is a clinic but they schedule all of the well child visits with the primary and they will try to get you in with the primary for a sick visit also.

    My kids have gone there for over 18 years, at first all 3 were with the same female but as the boys got older they switched to a male. The Peds at this clinic will keep long-term patients (like my kids are) on case load until they turn 20, as long as they are still on the parents insurance. So my 18.5 and 19.5 yo boys still see a Ped. My grandson sees his Mommy's Pediatrician, he is her first 2nd generation patient and she is really tickled with it.
    Last edit by kids on Oct 6, '04
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Family Practice Doc here too. Sutures, IV fluids, small surgeries, even a baby once (a woman came in 38 weeks with "cramps" . . .checked her and she was 10 cm and here came the baby!) . . all at his office. I like rural family practice docs. They will even do house calls if needed.

    steph
  9. by   emily_mom
    We used to use a pediatrician, but after starting nursing school, I had better things to do than drive an hour and wait for 2 to be seen...

    So, I take Em to our family PA. He's wonderful and has kids the same age as Em so it's nice.
  10. by   kaycee
    Took mine to a Pediatrician until they were 13. Then we all started going to the same family doc. They are an Internal Medicine group and start taking kids at 13. My kids are now 19 and 17 and are established with their own MD.
  11. by   RNonsense
    Wow...in Canada (at least here in BC) you must have referral from your GP to see a Pediatrician. For ongoing medical problems, like asthma, you can continue to be followed by them....
  12. by   Mkue
    We all see a family Doc now.. my kids are 13, 14 and 20 they rarely need to be seen.. thank goodness. !
  13. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by mkue
    We all see a family Doc now.. my kids are 13, 14 and 20 they rarely need to be seen.. thank goodness. !
    Marie, don't you have 3 boys too? You probably are familiar with stitches, broken bones, scrapes. We even had one kid get a fishhook lodged in his back on Memorial Day a few years ago. Our family doc knows that if I am calling about a sick kid I really have a sick kid. He is more use to patching them up and having them x-rayed instead of prescribing antibiotics for them.....
  14. by   hogan4736
    Originally posted by deespoohbear
    I called a couple weeks ago for my oldest child to get his Ritalin Rx renewed (you have to get a new script every month) and the office nurse said I needed to bring the kid in because he hadn't been seen by the doc in a year!!! :
    Ritalin renewed by the FP or pediatrician?? doesn't seem like a good idea...should be psych, w/ monthly visits to psych (a new Rx q month IS a good idea)

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