Many pediatricians or other medical providers will stop seeing a person once they become an adult. Some will see a child to 18; others until 21 or college graduation. Even if a pediatrician is willing to see your child for longer, it is good to transition to an adult provider who focuses on adult issues. Also, often pediatricians cannot admit adults into a hospital setting.

Often our children have had the same medical providers for most if not all of their life. For many, these providers play a key role in our child’s life. It will take time to talk to others and get suggestions for who may be a good fit for your adult child’s needs AND who will also take their medical insurance. It’s important that your adult child likes and is comfortable with their medical providers so that they can participate in their medical care and advocate for themselves. You may want to meet several providers and have a transition visit.

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