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
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
- 1. Is the pediatrician accessible?
- What is the normal wait for each routine appointment?
- How much time is designated for each appointment?
- Does the pediatrician have weekend or evening hours?
- What would you have to do if you needed to reach the doctor
during off hours?
- 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.
- Is the pediatrician willing to listen to any concerns that you
- 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.