Who is My Child's Doctor?
Your child's general pediatrician is your child's doctor.
Your child should his or her general pediatrician for check-ups, shots and illness. Should your child develop any problems, your doctor may refer you to a specialist.
Specialists are trained in a specific aspect of medicine. Some disorders may require your child to see a specialist more often than their general pediatrician. However, your child's general pediatrician is their doctor and needs to see him or her at least once a year for a checkup.
For issues not related to the disorder your child is seeing a specialist for, you should take your child to their general pediatrician.
The following schedule is recommended:
Having your child see the doctor every year helps him or her stay healthy, as well as, be responsible for their own health as they grow up.