What is pediatric care?
Pediatric care refers to the medical field that is dedicated to providing medical care to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. As such, pediatric care involves treatment for children with acute and chronic illnesses, as well as preventative care for healthy children through well-child visits and immunizations. Moreover, pediatric care does not only focus on the physical well-being of children, but also their mental, emotional, and psychosocial health and development at every developmental stage. Whether your child’s needs require the services of a specialist or fall under the expertise of their pediatric, they can either provide treatment at their clinic or they can write a referral for your child to see a top-rated specialist near you.
At Family First Medical Group, we provide the following pediatric services:
- Asthma treatment
- Developmental screenings
- Minor injuries that do not require the services of the emergency room
- Rashes and skin infections
- Sports physicals
- Well-child visits
- And more!
What is the pediatric age group?
In general, the pediatric age group as a whole spans from birth to 21, although the upper age limit may change depending on the pediatrician conducting care, as some may advise late adolescents to get set up with a family doctor their ongoing and evolving healthcare needs. The pediatric age groups as defined by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are as follows:
- Neonates: zero to one month old
- Infants: one month to two years old
- Children: two years to twelve years old
- Adolescents: 12 years to 21 years old
Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) categorizes adolescents in three different groups:
- Early adolescence: 11 to 14 years old
- Middle adolescence: 15 to 17 years old
- Late adolescence: 18 to 21 years old
Can an 18 year old still see a pediatrician?
Most of the time, yes! Most pediatricians are happy to continue seeing adolescents until their 21st birthday. However, since that is not a guarantee, it is a good idea to verify with your pediatrician or your child’s pediatrician at what age the pediatrician typically stops seeing patients and advises them to transition to a family or internal medicine doctor. One of the benefits of having a family medicine doctor who specializes in pediatric care is that you can keep seeing the same doctor from adolescence through to adulthood! At Family First Medical Group, that is precisely what you will find in Dr. David Beckmann, MD, who is a family medicine doctor with years of experience and expertise in providing pediatric care to children of all ages.
For first-rate pediatric care to you and your child, we extend a warm welcome to Family First Medical Group! If you would like your family to become a part of ours, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with us through our website or by calling us at your earliest convenience. Family First Medical Group is located at 9730 S. Western Ave, Suite 700, in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and also at 10260 W 191st St in Mokena, Illinois. We serve patients from Evergreen Park IL, Mokena IL, Hickory Hills IL, Oak Lawn IL, Chicago Ridge IL, Bridgeview IL, Bedford Park IL as well as many other areas in the Chicagoland Region.