Five Important Things to Look for in Your Kid’s Pediatrician

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By: Brooke Chaplan

 

You and your pediatrician are going to be partners for a long time, so it’s important to choose the right one. You and your family may have different needs than someone else, so you’ll want to pick someone who fits a role your kids need. Don’t feel badly if a highly recommended doctor doesn’t feel like the right match for your family. Simply keep looking until you do find the right fit. Look for these five signs of a good pediatrician along the way.

Credentials
Whenever you choose a doctor, it’s a good idea to check with your state’s medical licensing authority. This allows you to verify a doctor’s credentials and assure that they are in good standing with peers. Many licensing agencies will also tell you if a pediatrician has been disciplined or draws many complaints. The Federation of State Medical Boards is also a good resource for researching pediatricians. A medical school diploma is not the same as a license to practice medicine so make sure your pediatrician has both.

Office Atmosphere

Pediatricians primarily care for infant and child health, and their office should cater to that as well. Most will be geared toward kids in the waiting rooms and offices, but you can decide for yourself how much of this is necessary. While kid-friendly waiting rooms can be great for entertainment, are they too much of a distraction? Looking at the office atmosphere can also tell you how much spending this clinic is allowed. A place that gets more grants and spending shows trust from higher ups. You can learn about aggregate spending requirements through MedPro Systems sites as well.

Likability
Take your child to meet with a pediatrician and see if they like him or her. Even if all of your neighbors and everyone you know loves a certain doctor, visits will be a nightmare if your kids don’t. Make life easier on yourself and your child by finding a pediatrician your child likes visiting.

Patience
Does your pediatrician give you all the time you need, or do you always feel rushed? Your child’s health conditions and medications are things you need to understand thoroughly. Stick with a pediatrician who takes the time to explain things to you and answers all of your questions, no matter how long it takes. If your pediatrician wants you to leave quickly, oblige them. Walk out the door and never come back.

Trust
Of course you’ll want to trust your pediatrician, but you’ll also want someone who trusts you. Find a pediatrician who listens to your concerns rather than dismissing them. No one knows your child as well as you do, and a good pediatrician knows and acknowledges this. Look for someone who views you as a partner in your child’s health, rather than a paranoid parent.

Parenthood
Pediatricians can be excellent at what they do whether they have children of their own or not. Some people prefer to take their child to a doctor who knows exactly what it feels like to have a sick child of their own though. If this is important to you, ask potential pediatricians if they are parents. It is a personal question, but one that pediatricians hear quite often.

Remember that choosing a pediatrician is a process. It can take several visits to learn the rhythm of a doctor’s office, and get to know a new pediatrician. Continue on if you like what you see, but don’t hesitate to look elsewhere if you don’t.

You and your pediatrician are going to be partners for a long time, so it’s important to choose the right one. You and your family may have different needs than someone else, so you’ll want to pick someone who fits a role your kids need. Don’t feel badly if a highly recommended doctor doesn’t feel like the right match for your family. Simply keep looking until you do find the right fit. Look for these five signs of a good pediatrician along the way.