Doctors Say Choose Pediatrician Over Drug Store Clinic

Doctors Say Choose Pediatrician Over Drug Store Clinic

By FOX 47 News . CREATED Feb 24, 2014

When your child is sick, do you take them to a pediatrician, or do you visit a drug store clinic?

The American Academy of Pediatrics is now telling moms and dads to avoid taking their children to drug store clinics. They say to find a good pediatrician and stick with them. They will be better at detecting subtle problems that may otherwise be missed.

But drug-store clinics are convenient. They offer extended hours and they're sometimes less expensive.

Still, reps for CVS and Walgreens both released statements saying they agree. Drug store clinics are not a replacement for a pediatrician.

But they say they do play a complementary role in kids' health care. Only about 20 percent of CVS Minute Clinic patients are under the age of 18. So, it seems most parents are still choosing a pediatrician.