Your pediatrician will play an important role in keeping your child happy and healthy, and you’ll spend a significant amount of time at their office as your child grows up – including at least six appointments in the first year alone. Find out how to choose a pediatrician for your newborn by reading through the steps below.
How to Choose a Pediatrician
The most powerful pediatrician testimony comes from other parents. Seek out parents whose parenting style closely resembles yours, and ask them for recommendations.
Do your research.
Investigate which pediatricians accept your insurance, what hospitals they are associated with, and if their hours and location are convenient for you. You’ll also want to know which pediatricians are accepting new patients.
Check their experience.
Research your potential pediatrician’s experience, their credentials and make sure they are up-to-date on current practices.
Make sure it’s a fit.
Once you have your list narrowed down, make an appointment. Ask questions to see if their suggestions align with your parenting style, your personalities mesh and you like their office environment and staff. Questions to ask can include:
- How do you handle immediate care needs, such as sore throats, ear infections, etc.?
- Is there a nurse available to answer routine questions?
- How do you suggest handling care needs after hours?
- How do you partner with other physicians and specialists to help your patients?
Trust your gut.
You need to have complete confidence that your pediatrician will make the best recommendations and choices for your child’s health. If you have any doubts or concerns about a pediatrician, keep looking until you find the one you feel you can trust.
At Baptist Health, we want to help you find the best pediatrician for you and your child. Learn more about what moms love about Baptist Health pediatricians and how often you should visit to keep your baby healthy and happy.
For more tips and resources about caring for your baby, download our free Mom Life: Caring for Your Baby E-book.