Every parent wants the best for their child and while there is a lot of free information out there but an expert opinion is important. Choosing a paediatrician that actually meets all your criteria is not as easy and for first-time parents, it may be a little difficult to understand how to pick one.
If you are new to this, here is a checklist of things that you should be able to find in your child’s paediatrician and important things to take into consideration.
You may have to visit your paediatrician more in the first few years of your child’s birth so it is important to find one that is near your area. If you are unable to find one around your area then it is best to pick a location that is easy to reach and can be accessed following easy directions.
The general outlook and approach
Of course, all doctors are highly educated and have degrees to support their claims and diagnosis. Still, you may not feel comfortable with their approach and suggestions. Many doctors explain the situation in a subtle way while other blow it up so consult with a paediatrician who is easy to communicate with.
Hygiene and sanitation of their clinic
Imagine entering a clinic that has trash all over the floor, dusty desks and a foul smell, would you really want to bring your child here for years to come? Make sure the clinic meets all the standards of hygiene and proper sanitation is done from time to time. You can ask other parents who visit the clinic.
Availability over phone
Each paediatrician is different in ways of being approach and even be contacted for an appointment. You may find someone great but often unavailable so try to find someone who is easy to reach, especially in case of emergencies.
Compatibility with child
Ultimately, you are doing it for your child’s sake so you should definitely consider how comfortable your child is with the paediatrician. Someone friendly is more likely to be able to connect better and children love to visit doctors they like!
Which one is the most important factor for you?