Lydia Carter, BSN, RNC-MNN, ARN III 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. To find the right pediatrician for both you and your baby, follow the guidelines below. Ask around. The most powerful pediatrician testimony comes from other parents. Seek out parents whose parenting style closely resembles yours, and ask them for recommendations. Do some research. Investigate which pediatricians accept your insurance, what hospitals they may be associated with, and if their hours and location are convenient for you. You’ll also need to see if they 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 to your top two or three candidates, take a trip to their offices. Most pediatricians will do a complimentary visit where you can ask questions and get to know them a little better. Make sure their suggestions align with your parenting style, your personalities mesh and see if you like their office environment and staff. 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 with your child’s health. Life after pregnancy is full of choices regarding your child’s wellbeing, and at Baptist Health, we want to help you be prepared to make the best ones. For more tips and resources about caring for your baby, download our free ‘Mom Life: Caring for Your Baby’ E-book.
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