CSP Spotlight: Who Should Be My Child's Pediatrician?

CSP Spotlight: Who Should Be My Child's Pediatrician? Community Service Programs of West Alabama

Whether you are pregnant mother looking for a Pediatrician or a parent considering another Pediatrician for your child, here are a few questions to ask a doctor before you choose him/her as your child’s Pediatrician.  Go through and see which matter most to you (after all, you'll only have around 15 minutes or so to meet with the doctor). Insider tip: Start with the most important things first.

  1. Are you a parent?
  2. What is your background and training?
  3. How many years have you been in practice?
  4. What are your thoughts on breastfeeding? What about circumcision?
  5. Are you a solo practice, or do you have other doctors on staff? If solo, who fills in while you are away?
  6. What are your office hours? Do you have hours on evenings or weekends?
  7. If there is an emergency, how can I get in touch with the office?
  8. Does the office specialize in anything in particular?
  9. Will you take minor questions via a phone call or email in between visits? What is the typical response time?
  10. Do you visit newborns in the hospital after they're born?
  11. What do you think about immunizations?
  12. Do you help with sleep training?
  13. Do you have separate entrances for well and sick visits?
  14. Which hospital are you affiliated with?
  15. Which tests do you do in office vs. in a lab? If at a lab, where is the closest location?
  16. What is your policy on antibiotics?
  17. In your opinion, what are the biggest issues facing children's health today?

Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Partnership, and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.

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