A pediatric doctor or a pediatrician is a physician that specializes in the care of infants and newborns to young adults. If your child needs one, it is important to find a physician that is a good fit for your family. Fortunately, finding a pediatrician does not have to be tough. We are accepting new patients and welcome a call. Still, we realize that not everyone is within our area. In that case, we have put together some tips that make searching for a physician a little bit easier.
Tips for finding a pediatric doctor your kids will enjoy visiting
Here are some tips and guidelines to follow while choosing the best one for you. Each child and family is different so it is wise to take time in getting to know pediatricians, how their office functions and selecting one who is a good fit.
Ask for a referral
If moving or needing to switch to a new physician, it can be helpful to ask for a referral. Our office may know of another pediatrics office that is highly regarded. Otherwise, parents at school can be a helpful source of information.
Questions to ask when meeting the pediatrician
It is important to get a sense of what the pediatrician offers. Plus, feeling comfortable with them and their level of care is essential. To find out more about them and their practices, ask questions. The answers to these questions can help to determine if they are right for you.
- What is their take on vaccinations, check-ups, well visits and sick visits?
- What are their fees and do they do the insurance forms themselves?
- What do they do for after-hours illnesses or emergencies?
- What are the physicians' beliefs about parenting practices?
- How do they handle certain situations – crying children, anxious parents, etc.?
- Do they use electronic medical records?
- What are their qualifications? Are they certified through the American Board of Pediatrics?
- Find out if they are parents themselves
Evaluate the office
The pediatric doctor is not the only one that should be evaluated. Decisions should be mostly based on the doctor, but also the staff and office. The nurses should be kind and work well with children. They will see the children as much as the pediatrician will see them, they should be well-trained and like kids.
The office should be somewhere you feel comfortable sitting. While the wait should not be too long, it should also be somewhere you don't mind sitting for a bit while you do wait. Is the setting one that is also comfortable for children? Do they have toys, books and other materials to keep them occupied? A child should feel at ease upon visiting the office. Assess their reaction and mood to visiting for the first time if possible.
Be comfortable with your choice of pediatric doctor
It is important that you are comfortable with the choice that you make. In fact, if your family is currently being treated by another physician, but the fit does not seem right, we can help. Finding the right one for you may take a few tries, but it is worth the effort to find the right one.