It's the battle of the doctors: Pediatricians vs.
family care physicians.
And at the moment, the peds are crushing the family
Nearly three-quarters of all children see a pediatrician
when they're sick instead of a family care physician, according to
a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
The number of visits to pediatricians rose by 15 percent
over the past 26 years, while visits by children to family
physicians and internists dropped from 33 percent to 22
Parents have a zillion decisions to make when it comes to
raising healthy kids and this is yet another of those tricky ones
that must be made ASAP when the baby arrives.
It's a difficult choice to make, so we'll cut straight to
Dr. Scott Goldstein, clinical instructor at Northwestern
University and pediatrician with Northwestern Children's Practice,
along with Dr. Alvia Siddiqi, family practice physician with the
Alexian Brothers Medical Group in Elk Grove, weigh the pros and the
cons of each type of doctor.
Danielle Braff lives with her two daughters and husband in downtown Chicago.
See more of Danielle's stories here.
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