Five Factors to Consider when Choosing a Pediatrician

Five Factors to Consider when Choosing a Pediatrician

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Jan 17, 2014, at 9:53 pm

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CHOOSING A PEDIATRICIAN IS A DECISION that involves not only finding a doctor capable of providing healthcare for your child, but also one whose character is compatible with your own. It is an important decision that should be made well before labor and delivery, allowing time to make the most informed, well-educated decision possible. While you may think you know exactly what qualities to look for in a pediatrician, other key factors may prove to be just as important for a new parent to take into consideration when trying to find the doctor who is the perfect fit for their family.

These five factors will help you to successfully choose the pediatrician best suited for your wants and needs:

  1. Compatibility – It is extremely important that both you and your child like and connect with the pediatrician you decide to go with. You should feel comfortable enough asking personal questions, and make sure they respect you enough to let you voice your opinions for certain subjects.
    RELATED: How to choose the right pediatrician
  2. Qualifications – Choosing someone who is a board certified pediatrician gives a new parent reassurance in knowing they can expect their doctor to have a certain level of knowledge and skill when treating a child. Can the provider you choose provide you with a Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certificate, proving he or she is qualified to provide your child with a system of critical care procedures?
    RELATED: How to become PALS certified
  3. Reputation – It is important to know as much about your doctor as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family members for their opinion on doctors they currently use, or have previously used. Also, it is possible for you to look up your state’s licensing board for physicians to see if any disciplinary actions have been taken against specific doctors.
  4. Availability – Is your doctor always on-call? Many trips to the doctor’s office can be easily avoided through a simple phone conversation. If your doctor is readily available by phone, it will save you time and money. It is also important to choose a provider that will return phone calls within a reasonable period of time.
  5. Quality Time – Make sure your pediatrician values your time. We know doctors are generally busy people. But a quality provider should be willing to answer any questions you may have, review your file to ensure no previous problems are reoccurring, address your major concerns, and provide you with educational resources. In general, you should never feel as though you are being pushed out the door.

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.thompson@advmedcert.com
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  1. Burt Silver says:

    Thanks for the tips on choosing a pediatrician. We are about to have a baby, and we want to make sure the doctor we find for him is the best one possible. I like that you mentioned to find a pediatrician that you find a doctor that you are comfortable and compatible with. I want to trust and like the person treating my kid, so this is a big deal.

  2. Tyler Meredith says:

    I like the recommendation to consider the qualifications of the pediatrician. It makes sense that this could be helpful to ensure there aren’t any problems when trying to understand what might be wrong with our health. I’ll have to keep this in mind when looking to take my child in so I know he’s going to be getting proper health care and won’t be getting sick again anytime soon.

  3. I totally agree with you when you said that it is important that you feel like the doctor is spending his time on you and that that’s all that matters. Feeling like you are being listened to, and that they care, can really make it a good experience for your children as well as you. Although I don’t have children currently, I know people who have felt like their pediatrician is in a rush to get in and out which makes them feel like they don’t care. On the flip side, my pediatrician was great growing up and I always felt like she really care about us! I’ll definitely be doing my research to find the perfect doctor for my children when the time comes.

  4. Rosie Beckett says:

    I recently moved to a new area with my family and I need to find a quality pediatrician for my two children, so I am glad that I found this article. You make a great point that you should choose a doctor who is board certified because this shows that they have adequate knowledge and training. Also, in my opinion, it is important that my children feel comfortable communicating with their pediatrician so I think it would be good to have consultations with my top three choices so that my children can meet them and see if they get along well.

  5. Dean Phillips says:

    Whenever my children get sick it is usually a struggle to try and get them to go to the doctor. I liked how the article mentioned finding a doctor that both the parent and the child would like. If my children enjoyed the doctor, then they would be more willing to let him treat them.

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