Pediatrician vs. General Family Practice

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Pediatrician vs. General Family Practice
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Tue, 01-27-2004 - 11:27am
Hello! Our pediatrician announced that she's leaving the practice that's less than a mile from my home, to join one that's a hike away. I like her, but I don't think it's feasible to make the hike, especially in horrid weather (like today, it would take over an hour to get to her new office).

So, I am wondering...what's the benefits to seeing a Pediatrician versus a General Family Practitioner? I have found a GP very close, who I like, a woman with children of her own.

Considerations? Issues to consider? My 3yo DD is generally very healthy and only sees the doctor for well child check ups at this point.

Thanks for insights. Michelle, Mom to Katie

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Tue, 01-27-2004 - 4:33pm
I've never used a pedeatrician. (I think I spelled that wrong LOL) We have always just used our family Dr. Her DD is about 6 months older than mine, so she knows what its like to have a kid the same age. Also, my DD has never had any serious illnesses, so I have felt no need to go to a "specialist". It is also more convenient in that I can schedule two appointments at the same time if necessary, instead of running DD to one Dr. and me to another.

So while I don't really have anything against pediatricians for kids, I don't really see it as a necessity. Dd is 8.5 now by the way. So if you like the new family Dr., I would just switch and have you all attend the same Dr. It can also help that the Dr. knows the health background of everyone in the family which can affect care, so its handy.

Tam

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Tue, 01-27-2004 - 4:38pm

Hey Michelle,


We've used both the GP and Ped and to tell the truth I didn't really see any difference. The Ped is actually harder to get an appointment with than the GP. We may soon be switching the whole family to the GP as it is more convenient for us and the boys are getting to the age where they no longer want to go to the "baby" Dr. LOL! With Abby, her specialists take care of all her special needs and just send reports to the Ped. so when we finally get her ear infections cleared up (yep, still has them often) we may just find one family practice for us all. I'm interested in what others have to say about this

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Registered: 04-30-2003
Tue, 01-27-2004 - 9:04pm
41m dd has a Ped. but I wish it was a GP. I've looked all over my city (pop. 300,000) and there is not one that will take an infant, some say they will at 5yr others 12yr. It really upsets me when both dd and I had the plague and we both got pink eye. Ped wouldn't give meds for both of us, so I went to my eye doctor, who just said I wore my contacts too much (yeah, my dd was just punished for my sins as she had the same symptoms) My dd is always getting the rest of the family sick so it would be great to see a person that knew the whole story. The MD I'm going to now sees children starting around 5yr.
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Wed, 01-28-2004 - 5:33pm

We also just see our family dr.

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Registered: 05-26-2004
Thu, 01-29-2004 - 12:45pm
I have had two negative experiences with a GP when I took my children to one instead of a Ped. In both cases, the doctor prescribed the wrong dose of medication. Had my sister not caught the errors, it would have possibly killed two of my kids.

So, I would discuss that with your GP and be sure and read every prescription and discuss the doses with the pharmacist.

Konnie

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Registered: 09-10-2003
Thu, 01-29-2004 - 1:18pm
I always check every prescription carefully anyways. I have TWICE had Penicillin prescribed to my children who are allergic to it. The pharmacist caught it once and I caught it another time. Once the pharmacy put the wrong dosage and dr. on my DD's seizure medication. I discovered the error when I went to give it to her that night. They were horrified and corrected it immediately.

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