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Things to consider when choosing a pediatrician

Updated on August 28, 2012

There is nothing compared to the joy that children bring to the parents. As parents we always want the best for our children, and one aspect of child care is choosing a good pediatrician or doctor for them. We don’t like our children to get sick, but even if we take care of them with the best care we can give, sometimes they still get sick and we need to consult a doctor for it. We also need pediatrician to track the physical, emotional and mental development of our children through the help of psychologists.

Definition of terms : According to wikipedia Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. The upper age limit of such patients ranges from age 12 to 21, depending on the country. The word pediatrics and its cognates mean healer of children; they derive from two Greek words: (pais = child) and (iatros = doctor or healer).

A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician.

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Other Things to Consider when you look for a medical doctor for your chiild

Is the baby’s health insurance accepted? how about the payment system? Are you going to pay every time you visit or for a follow up check up?

When choosing a pediatrician, it is important that you know the pediatricians mentality or philosophy like their take on vaccinations/shots immunizations. What about their take whether medicine is for prevention or cure. You should first consult them and ask their overall take on children’s health taking into consideration the use of antibiotics too.

When choosing a good pediatrician, ask a referral from your obstetrician-gynecologist or some friends in the area. Get the best three and then trim it out down to your choice. You can call them by phone and some pertinent questions aside from the comments of your friends.

When choosing a pediatrician, you should research on the overall credibility of the pediatrician, like age, is he/she above fifty, or whether they have knowledge of the new scientific theories pertaining to their specialization, their gender whether it matters to you, first whether they are a member of a particular body or general medical association like American Academy of Pediatrics.

And lastly as parents, we are the one responsible for the overall care of our children and we should decide what is the best for them in collaboration with their pediatrician. We should always use our common sense and instinct in matters pertaining to our children’s health.

I hope this hub will help parents and caregivers to choose the best pediatrician for their children.

When choosing a doctor for your baby there are necessary things to consider:

When you choose a pediatrician you need to consider the nearness of the pediatrician to your residence. This is obvious as when the children gets sick, they will not be transported to a far place and you can get there immediately if they need one.

You should also ask:

  • If the pediatrician is available when there is emergency after consultation hours?
  • Is the facility a clinic or a hospital?
  • Can you get an appointment any time?
  • Is he going to be available 24 hours or can you contact her/him during off hours?
  • Is she/he going to give their number to you so that you can communicate with them any time? (this is the most important thing in my opinion).
  • If your child will have laboratory tests, where do you go?
  • Is it available in the pediatricians clinic or do you need to go somewhere else?


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    • Money Glitch profile image

      Money Glitch 8 years ago from Texas

      This is great information Maita! I know several of my friends interviewed and met with pediatricians prior to having their babies. I'm sure this is very important because ideally it would be great to have the same doctor follow the growth of the child. Thanks for sharing :)

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      thats good you found one good pedia for your son, thanks for the read, Maita

    • Truth From Truth profile image

      Truth From Truth 8 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub Maita, I had trouble finding the right one for my son. It took a while but we found a good one. These tips you have given will help mothers and fathers. Thanks.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      Hi K, am good, how about you, thanks for the read, and this article will surely guide your daughter, TC, Maita

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      K Partin 8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Hey Maita, how you doing? This is a great hub, I'll pass it on to my son and daughter-in-law, if they ever get around to having a baby! Still waiting. :) Thanks K.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      thanks David for dropping by, I understand, Maita

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      Russell-D 8 years ago from Southern Ca.

      With my youngest daughteer being 44, I'll pass on this one. David Russell

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      thanks BK, you are lucky you have the smiling and good pedia which gave alternative meds also, have a good day and thanks, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      Ms RevLady, thans for the read and yes youre correct that it is good to sought pediatrician which are credible, have a good day always, maita

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      The great thing about the pediatrician I had was that he was a foreigner so he brought with him nutrition for healing and not just the American version of medicine - drugs drugs drugs! And he always had a smile and a laugh.

      Dr. Essandoh - he was great all those years ago! I felt comfortable!

      Thanks for reminding us that we are totally responsible and must be informed!

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      RevLady 8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      This is a wonderful guide for assisting parents with understanding the importance of pediatrician credibility. I agree with you that every effort should be made to ensure procuring the services of the best pediatrician possible.

      Well done!