With all of the families relocating to Collin County, we know searching for a new pediatrician can be a daunting task. Here are seven simple questions to ask when choosing a pediatrician for your kiddos:
1- How long have they been in practice?
Chances are you can find this information on their website but if not if make sure you are aware of his/her experience.
2- Is this a group or private practice?
The reason this question is important is to ensure when your doctor is away or unavailable who will be assisting you if needed. If the doctor is a part of a group practice, how big is the practice? Can you decide who will assist you or will the doctor be selected for you? Also, what is the background of the other doctors? All information that is comforting to know before an emergency takes place.
3- Does the doctor have any specialized training?
If your child has special medical needs you will want to know that your doctor has been trained or has experience in that particular area. If not, it may be better to find a pediatrician who specializes in your child's specific needs.
4- In case of emergency, how are such situations handled?
It is always better to be safe than sorry. It is a good idea to know beforehand if the doctor welcomes walk-ins or has someone to answer after-hours calls.
5- Speaking of emergencies - Does the doctor make house calls?
Who doesn't love the comfort of their own home when needed?
6- What is your childcare philosophy?
This may seem like an odd question but you want to be sure the doctor who you choose to care for your child has the same beliefs when it comes to some of the more controversial topics such as breastfeeding, alternative medicine, vaccinations, circumcision, and discipline issues.
7- Is the pediatrician certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (AAP)?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an American professional association of pediatricians, headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and maintains its Department of Federal Affairs office in Washington, D.C.
These are just a few of the questions to get you started when choosing a pediatrician in your new city.
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