Choosing a pediatrician can be one of the most daunting tasks for any parent. If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent hours looking at reviews and trying to figure out which doctor would be best for your child. In this article, we will discuss how to choose the right pediatrician. We will cover seven things to consider when choosing a pediatrician:
As with choosing any doctor, it’s essential to be comfortable and familiar with where you need to go for your appointments. This is especially true when considering a pediatrician. It can bring peace of mind if the office is close by or easy to access via public transportation. You also want offices that provide after-hours care in case an emergency happens while you are at work. Make sure the practice was located near my home or place of employment so that visiting them during times outside regular business hours would save me time and stress.
2.)Is the pediatrician recommended by your OB-GYN?
If possible, try to choose a pediatrician who is recommended by your OB-GYN or family doctor. Doing so will make it easier for you and your baby because the doctors are familiar with one another’s work history. This can be especially helpful if something unexpected happens during delivery, as both physicians could provide medical assistance faster than working separately.
3.)Will the doctor do the first checkup at the hospital?
Some physicians don’t do the first checkup at the hospital, so it’s important to ask beforehand. If they aren’t available, you might have to wait longer for your baby’s initial well-baby visit as someone else will need to take them from their mother and perform a basic assessment.
4.) Is the doctor recommended by friends and family?
It’s always a good idea to find out which pediatrician is recommended by friends, family, or other local parents. The best way to do this is simply asking them if they have a doctor in mind and why they recommend the physician. This might be especially helpful for new mothers who are still recovering from childbirth and don’t feel up to going on their own just yet. If they had a wonderful relationship, you might get a wonderful experience.
5.) What are the doctor’s credentials and experience?
Make sure the pediatrician you choose is board certified. This means they have undergone extensive training and passed certification exams to prove their expertise in pediatrics. Board-certified doctors are usually more experienced than those who haven’t gone through this process, so your child must see one of these physicians during good visits throughout their childhood years.
6.) Do they specialize in a certain area?
It might also be helpful for new parents to find out if the doctor specializes in any specific field involving children or babies. If not, he or she may still provide excellent care but perhaps will refer patients with complex issues to other specialists as needed (such as cardiologists). While some insurance companies don’t cover specialist services like pediatric cardiologists, they might if you have an HMO or PPO plan.
7.) What is the hospital affiliation?
One thing to consider when choosing a pediatrician is whether he/she has any sort of relationship with your local children’s hospitals. If necessary, this could be beneficial for both you and the baby in case something serious arises during delivery or after-hours care needs to be provided immediately.
8.)How does their practice operate?
Find out whether the practice operates like an HMO or PPO. This can make a big difference if your insurance carrier is one of those that doesn’t cover specialist services.
9.) Do they accept appointments?
you’ll want to find out how patients are scheduled for checkups and sick visits with the pediatrician’s office. Some practices offer same-day service, while others have strict appointment times, which might not be as convenient depending on your schedule at work or home obligations outside normal hours (like weekends). If possible, try visiting earlier in their business day so that any emergencies could occur before these deadlines pass by each weekday afternoon/evening.
10.) Do they offer after-hours care?
Another thing to consider is whether the pediatrician offers any sort of 24-hour service. Many offices will only be open during normal business hours and refer clients who require urgent attention to an emergency room or hospital with a dedicated pediatric wing. However, some physicians might have their own onsite facilities for taking X-rays and performing lab work so that children could get treated quickly without having to go directly into a central facility, like what happens in many smaller towns across America. Suppose your physician’s office doesn’t provide this type of service. In that case, it might be best if you ask them about scheduling regular appointments earlier in the day before the end of business deadlines approach each weekday afternoon/evening.
11.) How were your introductory visits?
Last but not least, you’ll want to consider how your first appointments went with the prospective pediatrician. Did they seem attentive and responsive? Were all of your concerns addressed during those initial visits? If so, then the chances are good that regardless of what happens down the road, these interactions will remain positive throughout the baby’s childhood years as long as you’re honest about any ongoing health problems or changes in status (like a new diagnosis).
12.) Did their staff make an excellent impression on you and/or family members who accompanied you for support?
If possible, it can be helpful if mom or dad has someone else come along at a well-visit time – especially if this is also going to be one of the baby’s regular caregivers later on when he or she is too young to express any concerns. Unless the office has a policy against visitors, it’s usually helpful for new parents and their partners (if applicable) to have another person come along as support at these initial checkups since they’ll be discussing sensitive issues that might not always be easy to hear about.
12.) Do you feel comfortable with them?
This one may seem like an odd question, but it can go a long way towards helping prospective clients understand whether this doctor will work well in terms of providing care over time. Suppose you don’t click with your pediatrician during those first few visits. In that case, the chances are good that the baby won’t either-even if he or she takes amazing care and provides excellent medical advice/recommendations.