Pediatricians receive special training in the area of children’s health and the treatment of childhood illnesses. Since your baby will need regular checkups every other month or so during the first year, it’s important to find a doctor you like and trust.
When interviewing or meeting a doctor you are considering, here are some questions you might ask:
- What is your education and training?
- What is your policy on taking and returning phone calls? Is there a nurse in your office who can answer routine questions?
- Does another physician cover for you at times? If so, who is that person?
- How are visits for acute illnesses handled? For example, if my child becomes sick, can I make an appointment on short notice?
- If it becomes necessary for my child to be hospitalized, where would she be admitted?
In addition, some things may be more important to you than they are to others. Here are some additional things to keep in mind as you meet with your doctor:
- How does your child respond to the doctor?
- Does your doctor welcome questions?
- Does your doctor take time to discuss problems and listen to your concerns?
- Does he or she seem to enjoy working with children?
- Do you have a sense that your doctor is concerned with the particular problems your child may be experiencing or with any health disorders she may have?
- Does your doctor seem to know about the latest medical advances?
- Is your pediatrician’s office staff patient and helpful?
- Are the office hours or location convenient for your schedule? If you are a working parent, you may need to schedule appointments during evening or weekend hours.
Feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with the staff at Meadows Health Pediatrics.