Every parent tries his level best in giving the finest possible upbringing to his child. They try to provide every possible thing that could bring smile to their loved ones. But often, parents fail in giving their children a required medical care at the peak time of their development. This badly affects their future growth. Parents, usually are confused at choosing a perfect pediatrician for their child. Here are some useful tips for the same:
Our local experts: friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers etc. recommend doctors to us. Thing is we shouldn’t just blindly follow them, we must check them first on our own way. After all, you are giving your child’s health responsibility to him/her. One must check carefully whether the recommended doctor is suitable or not!
2. Within your reach
Doctor’s office must be near to your home. Better choose a pediatrician having office at a place, where you can reach easily.
3. Doctor’s attitude
As a pediatrician, you need someone, who in collaboration with you, ensures your child’s best medical care. Better interview doctor first and figure out some crucial issues: Does doctor enjoy treating the child? Does your child feels comfortable with him? Does he welcome your doubts, questions? Check whether he is paying his attention to discussion or not. Suppose you have chosen a pediatrician, but you are not comfortable in discussing things with him. That will not go well. If doctor is not okay at this issue, you seriously need to see another doctor.
4. Background check
You need to know about doctor’s background as well: Where doctor pursued his degree, residency training etc.? How many years he has spent in serving the patients? These give a correct knowledge about doctor’s status in the field.
5. Appointment schedule
Identify how easy is to make an appointment with the doctor you’re planning to continue with. What if emergency occurs at midnight when office is closed? Figure out whether treatment is restricted to office hours or it can be extended till last patient. Also, see that there is a proper arrangement of picking and returning your calls or not.
6. Emergency Situations and Admit issues
Ask about the present hospital appointments by the doctor if there is a need of getting hospitalized, where he is going to admit your child. In case of any complex case requiring a number of specialists, check out that your doctor appreciates coordination with other doctors or not.
7. Clinic Environment
Clinic must be properly cleaned. Does the atmosphere feels welcoming or frightening to young children? In case of waiting, do they provide toys or books? Another issue is about waiting areas. There must be separate arrangements of waiting for sick and well ones to avoid infections etc.
8. Trained Staff
Check staff is well trained and experienced.
9. Never Hesitate
Never hesitate in changing the doctor, in case you are unhappy with some issues. Your child’s health matters first!
So, follow these tips and choose a right pediatrician for your loved ones!