If you have not yet chosen a pediatrician, here’s a list of the six most important things you should take in account.
1. Ask for references from friends and family because they can give you their opinion and share personal experiences.
2. Compare between doctors who you might be interested in; having at least three options is an excellent idea.
3. Check their credentials.
4. Ask them for an interview and keep in mind to:
- Talk about a subject that is important to you, such as breastfeeding.
- Ask the questions that are most relevant to you.
- Check the availability in his or her office.
- Observe his/her interaction with your child.
- Discuss the frequency of your appointments. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatricians must check children at the first, second, fourth, sixth, ninth, and twelfth month of age. They also recommend that babies be checked at both 18 and 24 months of age and once a year after that.
- Ask if he/she works in a group or alone.
- Ask if he/she will be available if an emergency arises.
- Talk to him/her about how you can communicate outside the office; if there is an email address where you can write or a personal phone to call.
5. Decide whether you and the pediatrician bonded after the first appointment. It’s crucial to feel secure and that you trust your pediatrician.
6. Location might also be a factor to consider. Check how far his/her office is from your residence.
Remember it’s important to choose a pediatrician that truly values your child’s health and development. This way you’ll feel secure knowing that your baby is in good hands.