Building a strong relationship with your child’s doctor is an important way to create a support system for both you and your child. Your pediatrician is a great source of information and medical care. It is important that you know how your pediatrician feels on certain philosophies with medicine and parenting and to be sure they align with your own views. If you are unsure of where to start, try these five questions to ask your pediatrician.
- Do you take my insurance? Also check if they take a variety of plans in the event that your insurance changes. Inquire if they have payment plans available if you are not covered.
- How are you reached after hours if my child is sick? The office may have a doctor on call after-hours for emergencies. Check with your pediatrician what the policy is.
- With which hospitals are you affiliated? If your child needs to be hospitalized, it is important for you to know which hospital he/she would be admitted to and check that it is the right hospital for your family.
- What are your views on parenting methods like breastfeeding, antibiotics, and immunizations? If it is important to you to have a physician who sees eye-to-eye with you on these matters, be sure to discuss them openly when you first meet.
- What do you enjoy most about your job? This question gives your doctor a chance to show what about the field really excites him or her and lets you see that passion.
Your pediatrician will help check your child’s social and developmental milestones as they grow up, as well as provide the primary medical care when health problems occur. If you are just starting to look for a pediatrician or you are unhappy with your current physician, our guide to finding a pediatrician helps you as you look for a new doctor.