Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tips for Finding a Great Pediatrician
The right pediatrician makes all the difference when you have to take your children to the doctor-- for your children and your peace of mind. But, finding the right pediatrician can be difficult. I went through quite a few lemon doctors before finding the perfect pediatrician for my family. I quickly learned, you can't just point and choose one out of a phone book. I talked with other parents to see which ones they liked and which ones they didn't. I went to a doctor I had heard a ton of great things about, and ended up finding a doctor who works in his building was the perfect pediatrician for my family.
When you take your children to the doctor, there are certain red flags that should let you know, this doctor isn't right for you. One doctor I went to would see the kids and run out of the room within 5 minutes and was always so quick to write a prescription, without saying a word to us. I love this doctor we have now because there is no time limit. He spends a great deal of time with us and only writes prescriptions if he has too. He always recommends natural and home remedies, which I love because I hate giving my kids medicine if I don't have to.
If your doctor can't remember anything about your kid, even their name, find someone else. My doctor remembers everything about my kids. He remembers all of their names and all of their medical histories without having to look at charts. If I take one kid in, he will ask me about the other kids. How's that new medicine working out for your son? Did his foot heal ok? Those are huge bonuses in my book. He will even do quick check ups for each kid when only 1 child has an appointment.
If you're kids don't like your pediatrician, find a new one. I've learned some pediatricians aren't really kid friendly-- if you know what I mean. If your kids are afraid of them or don't feel comfortable with them, you should find a new doctor. My children love our doctor, and it's not just because he gives them toys. He makes sure they are comfortable and aren't scared. He takes the time to talk to them and get to know them at each appointment. His staff is the same way, which really makes it feel like you're seeing family or friends, not a doctor.
If you have a feeling that something just isn't right, trust your gut. If you have a feeling this doctor is kind of off, go with it. You don't want to take chances with your child's health. I really like our doctor because he addresses all of our questions and concerns, no matter how small they may be. He doesn't look at me like I'm crazy when I say my child has been really sick, even though they look perfectly fine once we get to the doctor--you know how kids are. He takes the time to talk with us and doesn't just rush out of the room. He definitely takes the scary out of going to the doctor, and I trust him with my children.
The right pediatrician makes all the difference when it comes to healthcare for your children. The only thing I don't like about our doctor is the long wait in the waiting room, but I deal with it because the wait is worth it in my eyes to see a great doctor.
Do you have an awesome pediatrician? How did you find your pediatrician? Any words of warning for other parents looking for a pediatrician.