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11 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Child’s Pediatrician

Choosing Your Child’s PediatricianChoosing a pediatrician for your new baby is an intensely personal decision. You want to find the right doctor that you can stick with through the years so your child becomes comfortable. Here are some things you ought to consider as you make your decision.

1. Is the doctor accredited? This is usually a simple check that’s worth 10 seconds of your time. Is the doctor licensed? Where did he go to school?

2. What are his office hours? Obviously you need someone who holds office hours that work for your schedule. If you work 9-6 and your so does your doctor, you’ll constantly be rescheduling your life to make an appointment.

3. What is the staff’s demeanor? Your child will be interacting with the doctor and his staff (administrators and nurses). You want these people to be calm and kind to alleviate fear.

4. Can you make phone calls? Are they returned timely? Oddly, some offices don’t take phone calls. They force you to make an appointment. But you’ll want the flexibility to be able to ask the doctor or a nurse a quick question.

5. Does your doctor have any hospital appointments? If your child is hospitalized, will your doctor play a role in the care or will you have to find a new doctor with hospital access?

6. What are the other physicians like? Many doctors practice in a group. If you need care on your doctor’s day off, you’ll end up with another doctor, so make sure they are acceptable substitutes.

7. Does the doctor coordinate specialists? If your child develops a complex illness, will your doctor work with the other specialists or push you onto a different pediatrician to handle the load?

8. Does the doctor speak in plain English? You want a doctor who will skip the medical jargon and tell you straight what’s going on with your child. Does he throw big terms at you (that you can’t possibly know) or speak plainly?

9. Does the doctor care? Or is he just trying to cram as many patients (and billings) into the same day as possible?

10. What are the doctor’s values? Some people have some specific requirements in a doctor for spiritual/personal/religious reasons. Your doctor doesn’t have to agree with those requirements, but be willing to provide care that fits in line with them.

11. What is his reputation? To answer this question, you’ll have to ask around. Ask people you know what they have heard about the practice. Get some testimonials from current or previous patients about their experiences.

safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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