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We just had to switch due to a move and here are some of the things that won me over with our new pediatrician:
Personality is a big deal for me as well. The pediatrician that I've chosen for LO is great - he has 4 sons at home, so he's very good with entertaining chidlren, especially comfortable around boys. He's got a dry sense of humor (so do DH and I), and he's thorough. He comes in, talks to the parents, and then does his exam. When the child is old enough to talk, he interacts with the child more - asks the child questions and doesn't talk over his or her head.
I'm excited for him to be LO's doctor, and I absolutely adore his nurse!
Our pedi is a group of 12 that work out of 3 offices - one is close to our home and one is on the way home for work. That was a huge bonus for us.
Most importantly for us was finding someone that would work with the delayed vaccine schedule we wanted to do. I'm not in the no vax camp but I did my research and was only comfortable with a delayed schedule so I wanted to be sure I wasn't going to be arguing with a pedi about this.
I like that we are able to get appointments very quickly thanks to the amount of dr.s that work in the offices.
I wanted someone I felt comfortable with. I don't want to feel stupid calling and asking questions. I didn't want someone who was so set in their ways that if I did things differently than he/she liked, I would feel bad about it. I wanted someone knowledgeable about breastfeeding and who would support it.
I love love love my pedi!
nadine21404:We just had to switch due to a move and here are some of the things that won me over with our new pediatrician:Call and talk to the people who answer the phone. If they are sympathetic and patient with you, that is a bonus. You may call in a panic if something is wrong and you want someone who will care about your concern as much as you do!Check for a pediatrician with a well side and a sick side in the waiting room. It makes a big differenece on the annual well child visits during flu season when you don't want your kid anywhere near all the coughing and runny noses I love that my pediatrician walks in and talks to me first about my concerns and then checks out DD and gives their analysis. I have a friend who recently had a pediatrician visit where the Dr. basically walked in and went straight to the child and made their analysis without even consulting with the parent. Bad bedside manner with the parents! This sounds so silly but a big thing to me is if they look you in the eye while they are talking to you. It's a sign of respect to you as the parent. An in house lab so you aren't waiting for results or taking a sick child across town for blood work should it be needed. This will save time and anxiety!
I agree totally with all of this. My first pedi was HORRIBLE! I really didn't know better cause it was my first child. And honestly I wouldn't have known until after I had taken her a couple of times. Luckily we have moved and I have found a great pedi that meets all of the above expectations. Just remember, if you are not happy with the one you chose, you can always shop around for another one. Your LO deserves the best!