It may seem odd to search for a pediatrician early in your pregnancy, but it is sure to make your life a little easier. It gives you enough time to find the right person and ensures that you will have a pediatrician when your baby is born. How do you know if a doctor is right for you and your family? Read on to find out.
When beginning your search for a pediatrician, it is a good idea to ask around. You may want to ask friends and relatives who rave about their own pediatrician. You may or may not fall in love with their pediatrician, but it serves as a great starting point. You can also pick the brains of your friends and relatives about who they considered before they made their choice in pediatrician. This can help you get a head start on pediatricians that you may have already been considering, and save you time on your search.
After you have your list of pediatricians you are considering, start making some visits. Here are a few things to observe and consider:
- Is the office staff pleasant?
This is important because when you schedule appointments, check-in, and check-out, you will mainly interact with the office staff. You should feel comfortable interacting with them and also feel as though they have your best interests at heart.
- What is the waiting period and waiting time like?
We know there is a good chance that you will have to wait before the doctor can see you. While you’re waiting, you should think about your level of comfort. Are there things for you to do? If not, do you mind not having anything to do while you wait? Is there enough space for everyone in the waiting room? Is there anything to occupy your child’s time?
- Does the doctor welcome questions?
You are sure to have questions about your child’s health. You should feel as though your doctor is open to your questions and takes your questions seriously. Also take note to how your doctor responds to your questions. Does he or she seem to be knowledgeable about the subject? You should feel as though you can trust that your doctor will give you sound advice.
- Does it look as though the doctor enjoys spending time with kids?
This may be the biggest thing to consider on your doctors’ visits. Going to the doctor can already be stressful for kids. They need someone that is good at calming them down, and who they may see as a friend instead of an enemy. If you notice that most of the kids are happy when they interact with the doctor, then this may be the doctor for you.
These are all important things to consider as you are visiting doctors, but you may want to chat with the parents in the waiting rooms as well. They will be able to give true insight to the doctor since they are patients.
Choosing the right pediatrician can be stressful, but it is worth it in the end when you truly feel great about your choice. Questions? Give Any Baby Can a call at 512.454.3743.