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Finding the Right Pediatrician for your Child

Finding the right pediatrician for your child is an important decision for you to make. Your child’s pediatrician will be responsible for your child’s health, starting in infancy and continuing through adolescence. Because of this, you’ll want to find a pediatrician that cares for your child, one who is proactive in your child’s health. This can sometimes be difficult to find, but it is possible. Here are a few tips to help you find the right pediatrician for your child.

Check Recommendations

Before deciding on a pediatrician, you’ll want to do your research and check recommendations. The Internet is a great resource for this. With the click of a button, you can find information on all of the pediatricians in your area, including their credentials, as well as testimonials from prior patients. You can also ask friends and family to recommend a trusted pediatrician, helping to narrow your list of potential candidates.

Meet Face-to-Face

Once you’ve selected a few pediatricians that you’d like to learn more about, it’s time to schedule a face-to-face meeting. This allows you to get to know the pediatrician candidates a little better, helping to eliminate any fears and concerns you might have. It will also help learn more about the pediatrician’s practice, such as how the office is run, what the wait time is, etc.

Ask Questions

During your face-to-face meeting, be prepared to ask some questions. You should come up with these questions before your meeting so that you don’t forget anything. Some questions you might want to include have to do with the pediatrician’s practice beliefs. Some doctors tend to lean towards more natural treatments while others prefer prescriptions from standard medication. Know what you’re looking for in a pediatrician, and write down some questions that will help you decide if this pediatrician is the right one for your family.

Have a Trial Run

Before committing entirely to your selected pediatrician, you might want to have a trial run. If your child is sick, you could schedule a appointment to help get medication so your child can recover. If your child is perfectly healthy, you can schedule a quick check-up. Regardless of why you make an appointment, a trial run gives you the chance to see the pediatrician in action. You’ll be able to see how the pediatrician responds to your worries, as well as check to see how well your child and the pediatrician get along. This step is especially important since you want your child to feel safe with their pediatrician, not afraid.

Don’t Be Afraid to Quit

After your trial run, don’t be afraid to “quit” a pediatrician that doesn’t meet all of your requirements. Even if the pediatrician is the most highly recommended doctor in the area, you might be looking for something slightly different. If this happens, you can feel free to go back to get to know some of the other pediatricians you considered, or you can start fresh with a new list of pediatricians.

Finding the right pediatrician can take a long time, but eventually, you’ll find the best pediatrician for your family.

What are some qualities you look for in the “right” pediatrician?

Annmarie John
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  1. I interviewed several before having my first and there were a few that actually yelled at me for not planning on breastfeeding him. They were obviously out.

  2. Having gone through this period with my kids I can say that this is great advice. Recommendations are one thing but meeting in person is essential.

  3. I'm so glad it's not just me who interviewed like 6 doctors before giving birth (Masshole Mommy)! Great tips - I'd also add to see if they have a sick child / well child waiting room delineation. I like that feature to protect the little ones.

  4. When my middle daughter was born we finally found one that we absolutely fell in love with. She has been the girls' doctors for 16 years now.

  5. I liked our pediatrician until he didn't listen to me when my daughter was a baby and I knew she had an ear infection. He wouldn't give her an antibiotic until we came back the next day, after she had cried all night, and suddenly he saw the infection. We switched doctors then.

  6. When my kids were little we looked and looked. Now we just use our family doctor. So much easier for us but finding a great Pedi is important and can be hard!

  7. I love my pediatrician (now). I'm glad I didn't have to look too hard after I moved.

  8. Finding the right one is so hard as you have to put trust in it. For us, my mom's sister is a pedia so... we go there.

  9. The ability to listen and be OK with a frantic mom is important to me. I love it when doctors are empathize

  10. I remember how hard this was one I looked for one almost 10 years ago when our 1st child was born and now with 5 children we have been with the same one since then!

  11. We got lucky. The pediatrician who came into the hospital when our youngest was born was the one we kept. He's been great so far (knock on wood!). These are all great tips to share though. You def. want your pediatrician to be a choice that makes you comfortable.

  12. Those are awesome tips. I agree: we need to check recommendations before. We are putting our children in their hands

  13. When my kids were little i was lucky and the Pediatrician my Doctor referred me to was amazing.

  14. We've had the same pediatrician for a while. She has a great bedtime manner and our boys love her.

  15. Finding the right dr for your family can be a challenge but you've given some great tips and advice.

  16. Good tips for my daughter who is soon to be a mom. I'll pass this information along to her.

  17. I agree, finding the pediatrician is the biggest decision that you need to make for a Child's health care. I have taken suggestions from friends around when I had my first baby & I followed with the same pediatrician for the next baby as well. Honestly, I would quit if I know my requirements are not met at all.

  18. Just because people say they are the best, doesn't mean they are the best for you; it took me a while to really find one I was comfortable with!

  19. I'm lucky to have a sister in the area. She told me exactly who to go to.


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