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  • Writer's pictureDana Petrella

Navigating Pediatric Care: 25 Questions to Ask Your Child's Doctor

As a doula, I understand how important it is to find the right pediatrician for your little one. To help make this process easier, I've compiled a list of 25 questions to guide you in choosing the best care for your child. I suggest visiting different pediatric practices and chatting with pediatricians before baby is born.

General Practice Information

  • What are your office hours, and are you available for after-hours emergencies?

  • How can I reach the pediatrician after hours or in case of an emergency?

  • What is the process for scheduling appointments? Can we book online or do we need to call?

  • Do you accept my insurance, and what are your billing and payment policies?

  • Do you have hospital privileges at the hospital I’m birthing at?

Pediatrician's Background and Philosophy

  • Can you tell me about your medical background, training, and years of experience?

  • What is your approach to vaccinations and other preventive care?

  • How do you handle differing opinions on treatments and care between you and the parents?

  • Do you have any specialties or areas of particular interest within pediatrics?

  • Do you have breastfeeding knowledge?

Medical Care and Procedures

  • How do you manage and track immunization records?

  • What is your policy on administering antibiotics and other medications?

  • Do you provide care for children with special needs or chronic conditions?

Facilities and Accessibility

  • Is the office easily accessible for strollers and wheelchairs?

  • Are there separate waiting areas for sick and well children to prevent the spread of illness?

  • What are the average wait times for scheduled appointments?

  • Do you have facilities for in-office lab work, or will we need to go elsewhere for tests?

Communication and Follow-Up

  • How do you communicate test results to parents, and how quickly can we expect to receive them?

  • Are there telemedicine options available for virtual consultations?

  • How do you handle referrals to specialists if my child needs one?

I hope you find this guide helpful as you search for the right pediatrician for your child. Remember, this list is just a starting point—there are many more questions you can ask to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in your choice. Some of these questions might not be relevant to your specific situation, so feel free to tailor them to your needs. Wishing you all the best on this exciting journey into parenthood!

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