Parenthood is an exciting time and full of memories to cherish. It is also full of worry no matter how old your child is! Even the smallest changes in behavior, diet, and mood can make you anxious as a parent. Therefore, it is essential that you choose the best pediatric doctor for your child, so you can gain the reassurance and advice you/they need as they grow up.
It doesn’t matter if you are expecting a child for the first time or you’re a parenting veteran, at some point, you will need to find a pediatric doctor for your growing family.
Reasons for Looking
There may be many reasons for your search, but the two most common are:
- Moving to a new area
Whatever the reason, the sooner you establish a relationship with doctor or clinic the better. It gives you and your child to build up a trusting partnership which will only be of benefit for your kid.
If you are expecting your first child, they will be on hand to give you essential advice and information for when the little one arrives, such as immunization schedules.
Pediatric care is certainly not one size fits all, and it can take time to find the right fit. This is no problem, and you are encouraged to check out as many clinics/doctors as possible. If you have friends and family who already have kids, ask them for recommendations. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be the ideal choice for you, but it is a useful start.
It is vital that you take into account numerous factors when you are considering your options.
The first thing you need to do is to find a doctor that is conveniently located, as the last thing you want to do is to have to drive for hours to make an appointment. Conversely, the clinic next door might not be the best choice. But, location is a major consideration especially if you have a car full of tired kids!
So, when you start searching, make sure you turn your location settings on and see what options are close to your neighborhood.
Draw Up a Shortlist
When you have an idea about the options available, take a look at their websites to see what services they offer and what doctors are on the books. Most clinic websites will have doctors’ profiles which detail their education, experience, specialties, and whether they are board-certified. It may be that you get a good vibe from reading some of these profiles, and that will warrant further exploration.
At this point, it is worth checking out whether there are any testimonials you can read about the doctor and the clinic. This can help you reduce the number to a much more manageable level.
Once you have your shortlist, schedule an appointment at the clinic to discuss your requirements with the doctor.
Meet the Pediatric Doctors in Person
As we mentioned above, just because your friend’s love one doctor, doesn’t mean you will. Therefore, it is crucial that you meet the doctor’s in person so that you can address any issues you may have. It also gives you an opportunity to ask questions about the doctor’s approach and availability.
When you have done the rounds, you will be able to make a more informed choice about which pediatrician will be the best for your child. When we say best, we are not necessarily talking about qualifications. It can come down to whether you ‘click’ or not. It might also be the case that their clinic hours are not ideal for your schedule, or they don’t accept your insurance.
Making Your Final Decision
We cannot emphasize enough how important making the right decision is. Sure, you can change things up later on in life, but building a long and lasting relationship will help not only you but also your little one as they grow up. They will feel more comfortable around the doctor, and be less likely to dread their annual visits!
After you have met a few doctors, weigh up the pros and cons of each, and then you should be ready to make a decision.
Still not sure what to look for in a clinic? Then give us a call, and one of our team will be able to help you.