How to Find a Good Pediatrician
Finding a good pediatrician can be daunting, especially for new parents. The best way to find a good pediatrician is word of mouth. Ask your friends and family for advice. Most people are more than happy to share their opinion with you. When work of mouth isn’t enough, what do you do?
Ask your obstetrician. Your obstetricians works with pediatricians and can make a recommendation.
Your health care plan probably requires you to choose a doctor from their approved network list, so you may want to start there. Some great online resources are available to help you locate a qualified pediatrician:
American Academy of Pediatrics (ABP) provides a referral database of participating members.
The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) provides an online search service.
Once you have narrowed down your search, there are some important questions you should ask.
What type of pediatric qualifications do they have? Are they board certified?
How can they be contacted after hours or during an emergency?
What hospitals does the doctor have privileges with? Is it a hospital you are comfortable taking your child to?
At the interview or your first visit
Does the pediatrician have chemistry with your child?
Does the pediatrician seem to be knowledgeable about current issues and medical advances?
Eddie Bluelights says