Selecting a pediatrician should begin in the second or third trimester of pregnancy for a new baby. For older children, a new pediatrician may be required for a variety of reasons. Before researching a pediatrician, you may want to ask yourself some questions. Will you, or your child, prefer a male or female physician? Do you have any preferences about language, ethnic background, or age? Does your health insurance company provide a list of physicians to choose from?
Finding a pediatrician can be aided by asking friends or family for referrals. You may also research pediatricians in your area through the American Academy of Pediatrics. While researching your pediatrician, you should investigate several factors. Are you comfortable with the doctor's practice philosophy? What are his or her credentials, specializations or Hospital affiliations? How many years have they been in practice? How many physicians at the location, and what is the ratio of physician assistants to physicians? What insurance is accepted, and where here is it necessary to go for laboratory work or specialized treatments?
Most pediatricians who are accepting new patients will set up an interview, so that you can ask the prospective physician questions about his or her practice. If you schedule an interview, strike up a conversation with parents in the waiting room. Try get good sense of how long they've been with the practice and how they feel about the level of care they're receiving. On your interview visit, bring your child in to meet the pediatrician and experience the office environment. During your interview, consider the following:
- How is coverage handled when the pediatrician is off duty, and who are the covering physicians?
- Can your child be seen the same day if s/he is sick, and how are emergency situations dealt with?
- What are the wait times for scheduling a visit, and how long should you expect to wait to be seen?
- In the case of medically related patient calls, is the practice using the Barton's updated phone triage protocol book?
- What is the doctor's philosophy about such topics as prescribing antibiotics and preventative/alternative healthcare?
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- Healthy Children: From the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- National Fatherhood Initiative: For a brighter future.
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- Facebook Group: Dr. Nataloni's Family Portal.
- Everyday Health: Helping you choose well.
- Kids With Food Allergies: Education and support for raising children with food allergies.
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- Car Seats: Information for Familes
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Choose My Plate: Improving nutrition and well being.
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