How to Choose the Best Pediatrician
Parents understand how difficult it can be to get someone you can trust with your child’s health. The best pediatrician should be aware of the latest health findings and compassionate with children. If you are looking for a doctor for your child, a pediatrician is the best you can get. Unlike general doctors, pediatricians specialize in childcare.
But there are other factors to look at when selecting the right pediatrician. Take your time and research until you get the best doctor for your child. It might take several weeks before you narrow down to the best, but it is worth it.
If you are a first-time parent, ask recommendations from friends and family. If your child is already in school, the school nurse can help you make the right selection. You can as well talk to other parents to see who they take their children to. If you have a family doctor, you can as well ask them for a recommendation for a good children doctor.
After you have made your selection, call the office to ask who runs the hospital. If the receptionist picks the call, they should be able to answer your questions willingly and conclusively. Customer service starts here. Ask about their hours of operation and if they are in association with other hospitals in the area. You can as well inquire about the type of insurance they accept. If by any chance you are not satisfied with their customer service, it is time to look for another doctor.
Set an Appointment
Before the actual treatment appointment, you should meet the pediatrician a date before to see if your child is comfortable with them. Observe how they interact with your child and ask about their experience and training.
How to choose a pediatric doctor’s office
Choosing a doctor for your child can be daunting. Questions come up like…What’s a good guideline? What do I need to look for? How do I know when I’ve found a good doctor’s office? How much is a child loved, cared for and what would they do without their parents? It’s a big deal. As a parent, you really know that.
Check that the office has the same values as you.
See if you can tell if they care about your feelings and desires for yourself and your kids. Usually this can be felt with a simple phone call. Perhaps you’ll want to have a few simple questions to ask.
They empower parents and children.
Empowering them by giving them answers. Parents need to be able to understand the causes of things like a sensory system not working right, ADHD, why a kid is sick all the time, and behavior struggles. When a parent understands the cause, then they are able to make better decisions.
When you’re loved, valued and taken care of – you know you’re in the right place and you’ve been able to choose the right pediatric doctor’s office for your child.
How To Choose The Pediatric Practice That’s Right For Your Family
You’re about to have a baby. Or your pediatrician is retiring and you’re not crazy about the practice taking over. Or you’re moving to a new town. How do you find the best pediatrician for you and your children?
To start your list, ask trusted sources. Your OB/GYN or primary care physician may have practices they refer to. Your local friends or coworkers who have kids of similar ages can offer suggestions. Your realtor can connect you with folks who will help. Your local hospital may provide references, and even the school nurse may have some ideas.
Once you’ve collected names, it’s time to start some practical research on them. Your first stop should be your insurance company’s website. Look up the names you’ve been given on their providers list and make sure they’re included. Double-check by looking at the website of the practice you’re considering
According to Elizabeth Gibson, MD, of St. Luke’s Coopersburg Pediatrics, it’s best to review the practice website to find out the credentials the doctors have and and what hospital they are affiliated with. “Look for certification from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Board of Pediatrics, as well as other qualifications that show that the practitioners are up-to-date with current medical practices,” says Dr. Gibson. “You’ll also want to make sure that the hospital has an excellent reputation in pediatric care and is convenient to you.”
Now that you have a vetted group of practices from which to choose, it’s time to consider the real questions:
Single provider or large practice? Perhaps you know that your kids are shy, and would prefer to see only one or two practitioners whom they can get to know. Or maybe you need the scheduling convenience of a larger practice.
If the practice includes nurse practitioners or physician’s assistants, are these the primary people you will see, or will you generally see a physician — and does it matter to you?
Does gender make a difference? If your children are older, would they be more comfortable seeing a doctor who is either male or female? Does the practice include both?
Do your kids have special needs? Make sure your pediatrician is comfortable with handling — and knowledgeable about — any unique or complex medical conditions your child may have: for example, a tracheostomy or a gastronomy (G) tube.
What is the practice’s philosophy of childcare? Are you looking for an interventionist or non-interventionist approach? How do the doctors handle tantrums or otherwise unruly behavior from sick or frightened children?
If your primary concern is an infant, how soon and how often will the doctor see you? Checkups, immunizations, feeding, proper weight gain — even a healthy infant has pretty demanding medical needs! Find out what the doctors’ guidelines are, and whether they match up to those of the AAP.
What’s the convenience factor? Weekday and weekend hours, coverage during off times, distance from your home — all these will have an impact on your decision.
When does the practice return calls? If you’re a new or anxious parent, this can be very important. Some practices return calls whenever staff is freed up; others review non-emergency calls and respond to them once or twice a day.
How to Choose the Right Pediatric Physical Therapist for Your Child
Pediatric physical therapists are trained professionals who work to improve the mobility of children by guiding them through specific movements and activities that target specific impairments and problem areas.
Pediatric physical therapists work with children of many ages and background with a variety of conditions, from sports injuries to autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and many others.
No matter why your child needs physical therapy, choosing the right therapist can be difficult. Not only do you and any of the child’s other guardians need to get along with the therapist and the rest of their practice’s staff, but they should more importantly also have an easy rapport with the child themselves. OF course, there are also other, more practical concerns as well.
Do They Accept My Insurance?
It’s unfortunate that this should be the first question on the list, but unfortunately it is a crucial one. Start your search with a list of providers in your area who accept your and your child’s insurance.
Do They Specialize In My Child’s Condition?
Like we said before, pediatric physical therapists treat a wide variety of conditions. A therapist who’s skilled in treating sports injuries might not have the same expertise with autism spectrum disorders. A therapist may have a specialty in treating adolescent patient or even younger ones.
Your baby’s health
You just spent 9 months keeping your baby safe inside your womb. Now that your precious cargo is here, it’s only natural to feel protective
Here are a few things you can do to keep your baby safe and sound:
Always support your newborn’s head. Your little one is strong, but those tiny neck muscles will be weak for the first few months.
Use a car seat that meets safety National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommendations, and make sure it’s installed correctly before you leave the hospital.
Keep your environment smoke free.
Always lay your baby down to sleep on his or her back.
Never leave your child alone on a bed, sofa, or changing table — even for a few seconds.
Choosing a doctor for your baby
Our pediatricians and family doctors are highly trained and passionate about what they do. In fact, 90% of Kaiser Permanente pediatricians are board certified. That means they’ve gone through extra training and evaluations and are recognized for their expertise in the field.
Helping your little one grow up healthy is an important job, so make time to choose a doctor you really like. When you find one who seems right, ask us about scheduling a “getting to know you” visit, at no additional cost.
Many women choose a pediatrician or family doctor during their pregnancy. Asking friends or relatives for recommendations is a good place to start. You can also ask us! We’re here to answer any questions you have about pediatric care with us. We’ll even help you arrange your baby’s first appointment. Just give us a call. Make sure you’re registered on kp.org so you can manage your little one’s care online or through our mobile app! It has lots of great time-saving features you’ll appreciate as a busy new mom.