Things to Consider When Choosing a Pediatrician

Becoming a parent is an exciting, exhausting, bewildering, and amazing time in your life. Between the exhaustion from sleepless nights and recovery from birth, adding one more thing to a new parent’s to-do list can seem overwhelming.

Babies need care and a knowledgeable doctor from birth to adulthood. The pediatric doctors at Pediatric Associates of Dallas want you to consider the following when choosing a pediatrician for your child.

  1. Location and Convenience

When you have a sick child, you don’t want to wait to get them the care that they need. Ask yourself these questions before taking any more steps to find qualified pediatric doctors.

Is the pediatrician’s office close to your home?
Are the office hours convenient for your work schedule?
If you use public transportation, is the office accessible?

Be sure to ask how the office handles short-notice appointments. If your child spikes a sudden fever or develops an ear infection, can the office see your child quickly?

 

  1. Insurance

Parents will do anything for their children, but when you are caring for a sick child, the last thing you want to worry about is paying for their care. Find out beforehand what kind of insurance the pediatrician accepts, and what your copays and deductibles will look like.

 

  1. Interview

Once you’ve narrowed down the most convenient location for you, you can start interviewing your child’s intended pediatrician.

You’ll be seeing a lot of each other, and both you and the pediatrician will be responsible for your child’s health. You’ll want to choose someone you have a good rapport with.

 

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do they explain procedures, illnesses, and treatments clearly?
  • Do they take the time to answer your questions and treat your concerns with patience and understanding?
  • Does the doctor seem genuinely interested in your child?
  • Is the doctor in a group practice?
  • Will there be another doctor covering for them at certain times, and are you comfortable with that?

To make sure your child gets the care they need and for your peace of mind, you’ll want to choose a pediatric doctor carefully before a health crisis occurs. Keep these questions in mind when searching for your child’s doctor.

 

Sources:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/Pages/How-To-Choose-A-Pediatrician.aspx
https://www.healthcare.gov/find-provider-information/