Granted, you are absolutely free to change doctors as you see fit, but it’s best if you can find one that you’re able to establish a trusting relationship with from the start.
Finding a doctor that has been seeing your child from their first days and watching them grow over the years is a great foundation for your family to have.
Here’s how to get on the right track when it comes to choosing a pediatrician for your family.
Do your own research first
Spend a few hours looking online at pediatricians that are in your area. What office are they working for, what hospital are they affiliated with, and are they accepting new patients?
Once you familiarize yourself with names, start researching those names online to see where they went to college, where they did their residencies, how long have they been a practicing pediatrician, and in what areas are their specialties?
If you familiarize yourself with several pediatricians beforehand, then when their name comes up in conversation at a later date, you can make a mental note of their verbal recommendation.
Your next step in the research part of things is to ask around to trusted sources whom they use. Ask family, friends, and other parents. A good pediatrician usually is well recognized among families and word of mouth goes a long way.
Conduct interviews with your finalists
You have every right to interview your potential pediatrician. So once you have a few names that you’d like to explore, schedule an appointment with them so that you can conduct an interview of sorts with them.
Have a list of questions that you’d like to ask them, concerns that you’d like addressed, and explain your parenting philosophies to them and see if they agree or disagree with them.
The last thing you’ll want to be doing is bumping heads with a trusted source for years to come, and no one knows your parenting strategies better than you. It’s best that you start out with a clean slate and see someone that not only shares your passion for raising children according to your own beliefs, but a doctor who will respect your wishes when it comes to your children.
Know that it’s okay to switch doctors
While you may have done extensive research and interviews to find a doctor that you like, sometimes head bumping is inevitable. Know that it’s okay to begin the search over again if you feel that you’d like to find someone new.
Ideas change, people change, kids change, and your beliefs may change over time – and if you don’t have a doctor that’s willing to bend with you and your family, then it’s best to find one who will.
- To help you begin your search, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a wonderful website with lots of information for both doctors and parents.
- A sister site of the AAP is Healthy Children, they have an area on their homepage where you can begin your search for your family’s pediatrician – just enter in your zip code to get started.
About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.