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How do you pick your pediatrician?
by clz0213
January 16, 2013 at 3:40 AM

I'm just curious. I have an appointment set up next tuesday with who my midwife suggested, but I'm not sure what to ask or anything. I mean, when I see doctors myself, I just see them and base my decision on them then. If i don't like them, I leave. I've never had a "get to know the doctor" meeting.

So what should I ask or look for in this meeting?


  • Mrs.Andrews
    January 16, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    I have never really had a choice. We have lived in small towns with only a few pediatricians. So we go to whoever has room for a new patient. 

    I would ask about their feelings on things that are important to you like vaccinations, circumsision, formul or breast feeding, organic food. Anything you would need a good fitting doctor for. 

  • thatsme24
    January 16, 2013 at 4:04 AM
    With my first son I picked the pediatrician that I had as a kid. I loved her so it was fairly easy. We just moved a few months ago so I had to find someone else. I did research to see if they were board certified and I knew my son only would want a female so that was easy. Also I thought about location. His doctor is real nice so I'll be using her once this baby is born as well.
  • RhondaVeggie
    January 16, 2013 at 4:46 AM
    Find out basic things about office policy. Do they have separate waiting rooms for well and sick patients? That used to be very common but of course nobody wants to sit in the sick room so it's better to do it by time; mine sees babies for well child checks first thing before the waiting room gets germy. What is the wait like? Observe the waiting room, see if people seem cranky from a long wait. Ask if they mainly see little kids or older ones; a dr who sees mostly Tweens and teens may not be up on the latest in baby care or may be considering retirement.

    Identify issues important to you. I am mostly vegan so I wanted a dr who wouldn't try to push meat on us. I also wanted one who was against circumcision. If you want to delay or omit vaccinations ask about that.
  • brightstar28
    January 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM
    I go to a family doctor, so there isn't really any question about where my son will be going.
  • Randi02
    by Randi02
    January 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Talking to friends, asking questions etc.

    We have gone through two. Our doctor is 100% on the same page as us, and that is important to me. We don't vaccinate, formula is not something I would ever give my baby, I prefer someone who doesn't push prescriptions and who is open to alternative treatments.

  • Autumn19
    January 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM
    we only have family drs in my area. I used to drive 50mins to go to a clinic but we were always treated as a number and after 5yrs of them still no knowing who we were i took suggestions from friends. I finally found a dr who i love! He is the first dr who is pro bf and doesnt push meds on the kids. Ill be very sad the next time we move.
  • tyrelsmom
    January 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM
    First you need to know what's important to you. There is no set questions to ask, because everyone does things differently.

    Personally, we all go to a family doctor. I've seen various pediatricians over the years, and every one was an idiot. I'm jaded, lol.

    For example, one told me if I didn't wean my youngest at 9 months, she'd NEVER wean, another told me I could put my 5 MONTH OLD in a forward facing carseat because he was 20 lbs. Another told me my exclusively breastfed, almost 24 lb, 6 month old was obese and headed for health problems, he's now 4'8" and barely 60 lbs at 7 years old, beanpole skinny and healthy as can be. Then there was my 2nd son who lost weight until 3 weeks old because he couldn't keep anything down. Family doctor prescribed Zantac, and he started holding his own, even gaining slowly. But he referred us to a pediatrician, because he figured reflux that severe needed a bit of a specialist. DS was missing ONE of the symptoms of reflux, so this doctor told me he didn't have it and to stop giving the meds. You know, the ones he was slowly starving to death without. The ones without which there was blood in his vomit because of his damaged esophagus. Even with treatment (from the family doctor who was absolutely appalled by that pediatrician) he didn't do great until about 8/9 months when he outgrew it. Then, at the time most babies slow down, he started putting on 3 or 4 lbs A MONTH. His curve on the chart is totally messed up, lol. I avoid pediatricians like the plague, now.
  • sparklebug86
    January 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    What is important to you? 

    Are you circumcising? If not, make sure they know how to handle uncircumcised boys! I have met several parents in my daycare business who have pedis that dont how to take care of an uncut penis and give bad advice :( 

    Are you immunizing? If not make sure they are ok with that. Many are not....

  • toopicky429
    January 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM
    I take my kids to my doctor. He's family practice, and from my experience I know he's a good doctor. It made it easy for me since I didn't have to look around for one. Good luck!
  • Heather2001
    January 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I've chosen both doctors according to how attentive they are and how well they align with my views of medical care.  I've chosen very well both times (my first doc recently closed her practice because she moved across the state).  I LOVE my doc!  I drive an hour to see him, but it's completely worth it - and he completely shares my views on vaccinations which is an added bonus.


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