The Right Doctor For Your Teenager


What is the proper type of doctor that my 13-year-old should see?


Adolescence is a funny time. Adolescents are between childhood and adulthood and they need doctors who understand their issues. Pediatricians are all trained in adolescent medicine and are probably the proper physicians to see children of this age group. There are pediatricians who have taken extra fellowship training in adolescent medicine but there are very few of them and they tend to see adolescents with complicated issues such as eating disorders.

Adult general physicians are either Internal medicine specialists who will only see patients after age 18 or family physicians who will see patients of any age. There really is no reason to change from a pediatrician to a family physician during the teenage years but if you are already seeing a family physician it would be appropriate to continue with the family doctor during adolescence.

In our office we see many patients through college age. It is very common during school vacations to see 20 or 21 year olds in our office. If they come home from school and are sick, or they need a physical exam for school or job, they are often more comfortable coming to us than going to an adult doctor because they have often been seeing us since they were babies and know us very well.

First gynecologist visits should be when the female becomes sexually active or after age 18, whichever comes first.

Dr. Robert M. Blum is a pediatrician at Southfield Pediatrics in Bingham Farms and West Bloomfield. Email him questions at


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -


10 Waterfalls in the Midwest to Visit with Kids

Treat the kids to a road trip to one of nature's most beautiful creations. Check out our list of must-see waterfalls in the Midwest to plan your trip.

Horseback Riding Places for Kids in Metro Detroit

It doesn't matter if you're a horse expert or novice — these horseback riding places in metro Detroit and beyond have camps, lessons and more for all ages and experience levels.

Beyond Van Gogh Exhibit Coming to Detroit

Become a part of a Vincent Van Gogh painting at Beyond Van Gogh Detroit, which will be on display starting June 25, 2021 at the TCF Center.

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day from Home

Earth Day is right around the corner. Take care of Mother Earth and celebrate Earth Day from home with one of these fun and green activities.

- Advertisement -