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Questions to Ask Your Child's Pediatrician

How to Find the Right Doctor for Your Kid

Searching for the right doctor for your kid can be a challenging task, especially for new moms. While referrals from your friends can be extremely helpful, you must also remember that what works for them, does not automatically mean that it’ll be good for you as well. That is why it is important to do your own research through an interview process. Think of it as like hiring an ideal employee. You have to know if that person has the qualities you are looking for, can fulfill your needs, and can be fully trusted with your child’s health.

Ask Yourself First

Before you start thinking about your interview questions, you must first determine the qualifications of the doctor you are looking for.

Here are some questions that can help you get started:

  • What qualities do you need in your child’s doctor?
  • Does distance matter?
  • Does your child have special needs?
  • Do you want a solo practice doctor or a group practice doctor?
  • What is your price range?

You may also want to include your partner in deciding on the right qualifications for your child’s pediatrician.

How to Conduct Your Interview

Along with your friends’ referrals, you may also want to look up some doctors online. Many websites and mobile apps today offer real patient reviews and testimonials that can help you on your search. Do not be stuck on just one doctor, get at least five names to interview.

As soon as you have your candidates, ask them the following questions:

  • How long have you been in practice? This give you an idea on how experienced the pediatrician is.
  • Do you have any sub-specialties? This can be helpful if your child has special needs or developed an illness that may need a specialist.
  • What if I need help when your clinic is closed already? This can give you an idea on what to do or who to call when there is an emergency situation.
  • Do you answer phone or email inquiries? This is important especially for first time mothers who may need their doctor’s assistant in managing their child’s condition.
  • What hospital are you affiliated with? This can tell you where to go if your child becomes seriously ill.
  • What is your standard fee? This can help you determine the scope of your insurance coverage and prevent any misunderstanding in the future.

Above all, it is important that your parenting philosophy matches your pediatrician’s beliefs and policies. You need to feel that you can trust and openly communicate with your chosen pediatrician. Be aware as well of the general atmosphere of the clinic including the staff since these can greatly contribute to the overall comfort that you are looking for.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.