Find a Pediatrician You Love

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New parents, it is very important to find a pediatrician you love! It seems so simple, but you need to have a great deal of respect with whomever you choose to entrust with the health of your child.

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I don’t know if liking a pediatrician is enough. You will be seeing this doctor at least every other month throughout the first year of your baby’s life. You have to trust that he will do what is in the best interest of your baby.

Your pediatrician also needs excellent personal skills and unfortunately, there are too many doctors who are lacking the ability to speak to you as a human being. He needs to support your decisions in raising your children or offer honest criticism if he thinks your decision is not beneficial for your child.

I love our pediatrician! When I bring my baby in her for her well visits, he takes the time to speak to my older children when they are with me. He asks them how their summer is going and he’s genuinely interested in what activities they are participating in and makes sure they feel appreciated. At the next well visit, he remembers what activities my oldest children are participating in and follows up with them.

He also makes sure to explain each procedure he is doing with my baby. And, he also asks how I am doing. It’s nice to feel appreciated, even if it’s just a courtesy.

Ask your friends and family who they have as a pediatrician. I suggest you interview at least three doctors. Your first impression of the doctor is the most important. Sure, one doctor may have a fancy office offering you a coffee bar, but the doctor doesn’t give you the time of day. A simple office with a honest, friendly doctor is what I prefer.

Of all the advice I was given as a new mommy-to-be, interviewing all potential pediatricians was the best advice!

Do you have a pediatrician you love or do you wish you could switch doctors?

7 Comments

  • Kerry says:

    I have to be honest and say I tend to leave Arlo’s appointments gritting my teeth and biting my tongue! Our pediatrician isn’t awful, she is helpful, answers our questions and has Arlo’s best interests at heart – but, she just doesn’t understand some of the more Western ways of raising a child. And, refuses to listen! Unfortunately, there isn’t a large choice, and she is the best that we have found, so I have to be thankful for that 🙂
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    • Chastity says:

      I’m sure the culture difference makes it quite difficult! I can’t imagine having a lack of choices with my healthcare choices. I wish you the best in your endeavors!

  • Kelly says:

    That’s so awesome, your pediatrician sounds fantastic! Totally agree, I think it makes such a big difference when you find a pediatrician that listens and you love. We moved to a smaller town last year so we are waiting for our midwives to refer us to a few pediatricians – hopefully we luck out and find one that we love too 🙂

    • Chastity says:

      I hope you find a pediatrician you like soon! It’s awful not having a doctor you like or trust. Best wishes!

  • Karen G says:

    I have been playing pediatrician roulette since my son was born. I feel like we keep switching from one to another over and over again. I am still holding out hope that we will eventually find one we love. The last one we really liked got pregnant and left the practice…oh the irony….
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    • Chastity says:

      I used to drive three hours one way to keep my kids with a pediatrician I liked. I’m trying to find a dentist that I like and trust right now. I don’t know why it’s so difficult to find honest, trustworthy professionals. Hopefully we both find what we are looking for soon!

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