Today was TJ’s 4 month check up; as I was there I was reminded just how lucky I am to have great pediatrician for my kids! One of the biggest concerns moving to Texas was “Would I ever be able to find a pediatrician I liked for all my kids?” I can honestly say yes! I have! Dr. P is kind, loving, and frankly the best pediatrician I have ever had for my kids in the 14 years that I have been a mom. My kids love going to the doctor. He goes out of his way to make each one of my crazy kids feel special… Even when Talie wants to hide in the corner with her pouty lip he finds a way to make her smile and laugh! I have been so blessed with finding just the right doctor for our family.
(Here’s a little video of TJ chatting with Dr. P today~)
So how do you go about finding a great Peds Doctor?
Ask people you know who they like and who they would recommend. Ask a handful of people so that you can look into each recommendation. After you acquire this list see if your insurance company is in network with their office. Look into the location of the office. Is it easy to get to? You want to think about how far away it is… When Chase had Staph Infection I was able to get to my doctor’s office in 15 minutes. I love that!
How credentialed are they?
You want to make sure they are board certified. Meaning they have completed med school, 3 years of residency in pediatrics and have passed extensive exams in their field which they continue to take.
Are they a Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)? Being a member means that he follows a set of guidelines and standards set forth by the AAP.
If the Pediatrician you are looking into has an FAAP it means they are board certified and belong to the AAP.
Make an appointment.
The first time I met Dr. P was when Talie was born. He came highly recommended and
he met my on paper check. I took her in for her 2 day follow up appointment. At that appointment I got a sense of who he was. I could see that he had similar values as me, was great with kids, and loved his job. He was super knowledgable and made me feel really comfortable with everything going on. Talie was a little jaundice when we brought her home, so we had to do a followup jaundice test in the office. He personally called me the next day to let me know everything was fine! That was huge in my book! Making an appointment and meeting with the Doctor will allow you to see if it is a good fit and help answer a lot of your questions.
Do your kids like the Pediatrician?
Kids at times loathe going to the doctor… Let’s be honest. They think doctor and they instantly think they are getting a shot! How kids react to the doctor needs to play a role in your decision making. If they are excited to go and the doctor seems genuinely interested in their life it is a good sign. My Pediatrician tries to involve them throughout the appointment. When Chase had Staph Infection Dr. P showed him how he could take pics on his phone and how they could be uploaded to his digital file. He didn’t have to do this… but he did it because he loves his job and he loves kids. Find someone your kids like going to!
Do they Have your values? Or Respect your values?
Do you believe in breastfeeding, but your doctor believes bottle feeding is best? Do you have a child with ADHD and you want to treat it naturally, but the doctor wants to keep pushing for medications? Having a doctor with your values is huge. You are your child’s biggest advocate and advocating for them is so much easier when your doctor is on your side. I am so lucky that my doctor believes many of the same things that I do…This makes it easy. It’s ok if you don’t have the same values, just as long as they respect your values. One of my biggest pet peeves of my hospital stay when TJ was born was when Dr. A kept trying to push formula on TJ because he felt it was best. He wanted me to go against my values and my maternal instincts. He also told me that home therapy was not possible to treat jaundice when in fact it is entirely possible. If you have a doctor that does these types of things it might be best to find another doctor.
By following these steps you can be on your way to finding a great pediatrician that you and your child both love! What else do you look for while choosing a doctor?