If you do not have an older or a family doctor, you will probably choose a pediatrician by recommendation or you will go to the one that is receiving patients that day. If possible, it is best to make this decision before birth. Before you have the baby, you have enough time to ask around or, simply, get to know some of the pediatricians and make your choice easier. Schedule a short interview.
It may sound like science fiction, but believe that most of them are ready to talk to you. Personal contact can make your decision a lot easier. When choosing the right pediatrician, the doctor that will treat your child for seven years (until the child starts school), you should pay attention to the following tips.
Factors to consider when choosing a pediatrician
No one can tell you the pros and cons of a doctor better than the parents. Therefore listen to what your friends say, let them recommend a pediatrician to which they take their children. Ask the mother in the waiting room for their
opinion on the pediatrician. The conversation alone will not let you know too much about the expertise of a particular doctor, but collected information can help in the assessment who would possibly be the best doctor for your child. Based on the experiences of other mothers you can learn if the doctor is patient, gentle, willing to listen and explain to you what you are interested in.
Ask how much available is the pediatrician, what are his business hours, can you call him on the phone for advice, whether he will come to you if there is an emergency with your child.
If you choose a pediatrician who holds a private practice, check the price list of the services and the payment methods.
If you are of modern understandings and committed to raising the child the natural way, then do not choose a
pediatrician who is old school and will advise things you may not agree with. Find a pediatrician with a similar view of the world as yours.
Some pediatricians are popular, and half the town goes to them. Are you willing to sit with the baby for an hour in the waiting room where there are usually sick children? Check how long you have to wait before a pediatrician can receive the patient and whether you can schedule an appointment by phone.
It is an important decision to choose a doctor for your child. Therefore, it is important to choose a doctor that you trust.