Article #13 – Health

Choosing a Pediatrician for Your Child: 5 Tips

Believe it or not, a pediatrician is one of the most important persons for the new parents out there. You can do away with your child’s baptism perhaps, if you want to, but you can never ignore the need for a pediatrician. It is therefore very important to choose a pediatrician who is best suited to serve your child’s needs and requirements. In this article I am going to tell you about how to find a highly qualified and caring pediatrician for your own child in five easy ways!

Tip 1: Discuss with your immediate family and friends: Sounds obvious but do you know how many new parents shy away from this basic approach? If you know someone within your inner circle of friends who has been visiting a certain pediatrician, it is time to ask her as much as possible about this doctor. Ask her how long she has been visiting this doctor, what have been her results, etc. In this way, make a list of trustworthy pediatricians you could take your child to!

Tip 2: Get to know the doctor: You should repeat all these steps for each and every pediatrician on your list so that you can find the best one for your baby! Check out how much the pediatrician is qualified in terms of education, as well as the area he specializes in. You should also check out his references on the Administrators in Medicine board so that you can be sure whether this doctor is certified by this board or not; this website, run by several admins of other medical license boards within your state, would also be able to throw up information on whether the doctor has been penalized in the past due to shirking of duty or any other reason. If you find that the disciplinary action has been taken for something which may jeopardize a child’s health, well then it is time to run, not walk.

Tip 3: Know the distance between the doctor’s office and your home: Keep in mind that a visit to a pediatrician is not a one-time visit; chances are that, unless you are extremely lucky, you will have to make multiple trips to this doctor throughout the growing years of your baby. For this reason, it is important that you choose a doctor whose office or clinic is as close to your home or child’s school as possible!

Tip 4: Know the appointment system well: You should not choose a doctor who makes your sick child wait for endless hours before taking a look at him. A good pediatrician should have a more systematic approach in place for his patients. He should have staff to answer and return appointment calls as quickly as possible.

Tip 5: Make sure the pediatrician is easily accessible: Your child can get sick at any time, even in the middle of the night! An ideal pediatrician should be able to take calls even at midnight. Emergencies can happen anytime and therefore it is important that your doctor is able to handle those emergencies; it is not necessary that the doctor should run to your home and start treating your child immediately unless the case warrants anything like that, but he must at least be there to assure you in such moments of distress.

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