Each week the Mentor Patch Moms Council answers a question on parenthood posed to them by readers or another member of council.
This week our question is: How did you find the right pediatrician? Were there any particular traits you looked for?
A great pediatrician is worth their weight in gold.
Getting referrals from friends and colleagues is a great way to start your search. We interviewed a couple pediatricians and looked for similar opinions to us on things such as vaccinations, prescribing meds etc.
We wanted someone that would take the time needed to care for our child. I was looking for someone that interacted well with kids and particularly my yet-to-be-born child and also took the time to communicate with us.
We found a wonderful doctor and followed him as he moved offices an hour away. Even if the office was crazy busy, he always took the time he needed to treat our child and address any concerns we had.
When he called me every day the first several days after my newborn was born, I knew we found a doctor that genuinely cared for the well being of me and my child.
We knew that we wanted someone easy to talk to - someone who doesn't mind answering lots of questions.
I also think it's important to have a doctor who doesn't mind calling you back when they know you're worried. Some doctors aren't that great at communicating, but we found one who is great at making it a point to call us and give us updates and reassurances, especially when one of the kids is really ill.
I also think it's important to have a doctor who respects your opinions on immunizations, schooling and parenting in general.
You want someone who is going to encourage you and help you feel like you're doing a good job as a parent. We tried a few different doctors before we found a practice where we feel comfortable taking our kids.
I found my pediatrician 17 years ago when my oldest was born.
My aunt took my cousins there and I also heard great things about them.
They have to interact well with the child and also the parents. The best thing when looking for a pediatrician is word of mouth.