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What to Look For When Choosing a Good Pediatrician

Besides actually choosing to have a baby, the most important decision you can make is choosing a pediatrician for your baby. You should consider many things before choosing a pediatrician, so it is important that both you and your partner choose together and choose wisely. The only way to choose wisely is by researching and obtaining as much information about the pediatrician as possible.

You should also make sure that you have identified the pediatrician you are going to use, before the baby is delivered, so that you and your pediatrician can generate a good patient/doctor relationship. If you have already established who the pediatrician is going to be before you deliver, your pediatrician will be available immediately for you and your baby. Choosing a pediatrician before your baby is born will mean you have one less thing to worry about after delivery.

Choosing a pediatrician can be a very personal choice. This means that you should not only consider the qualifications of the pediatrician, but also on how comfortable you feel with the pediatrician in question. When it comes to the area surrounding qualifications, you will find that the most important thing is that the pediatrician is certified by what is known as the ABP, which is the American Board of Pediatrics. This particular type of certification verifies that the pediatrician has completed three years of training in what is considered a pediatric training program that is approved and has passed the special examinations in pediatrics.

When choosing a pediatrician, you need to make sure that you schedule an appointment with every one of the doctors who you are considering. One thing you should be aware of is that being able to communicate with your pediatrician effectively is essential. When you go in for the interview, you need to make sure you go in with many different questions ready to ask that relate to topics on child rearing. Some topics you may also want to cover are: infant feeding, sleep problems, toilet training and immunization.

When choosing a pediatrician, you should consider the following questions to ensure that you are choosing the best one for you and your baby.

  1. 1. Is the pediatrician accessible?
  2. What is the normal wait for each routine appointment?
  3. How much time is designated for each appointment?
  4. Does the pediatrician have weekend or evening hours?
  5. What would you have to do if you needed to reach the doctor during off hours?
  6. Will another pediatrician see you if your doctor finds it necessary?

Before you actually make your final decision, you also need to consider the following.

  1. Is the pediatrician willing to listen to any concerns that you have?
  2. Was the advice that you were given something that you could agree with and follow?

When you are choosing a pediatrician, you need to make sure that you ask any questions that you may have. You also need to make sure you know as much as possible when you are choosing a good pediatrician.

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