When Should My Teen Stop Seeing a Pediatrician?
Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our “Short Answer” series. Pediatric nurse practitioner Cheryl Cairns answers this one.
A: Some teens may prefer to stick with a trusted pediatrician until they’re 22. Pediatricians are trained to track teens’ growth and development. They know how to reinforce the need for making healthy choices about eating and exercise, and can discuss the risks of substance abuse, and inappropriate texting and internet use. Some pediatricians even specialize in adolescent medicine.
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Other teens may ask to switch to a family doctor or internist — or to a pediatrician of the same gender — as they get older.
Either way, I would follow your teen’s lead rather than suggesting a move. What matters most is your teen’s comfort and trust in their doctor.
Pediatric nurse practitioner Cheryl Cairns, DNP, CPNP, RN