Choosing an El Paso, Texas Pediatrician: A Step-by-Step Guide
You want to make sure you have everything sorted for your little one’s arrival – their bedroom, their babygrows, their pram – but one of the most important choices you’ll have to make is choosing a pediatrician who is right for your baby. In the first year of your baby’s life, you’ll have to visit the doctor on at least six occasions for routine visits, so picking someone you like and trust is essential. Here is a guide on what to consider when you pick an El Paso pediatrician, and tips on finding the best doctor suited for you and your baby.
1. For starters, you’ll want to find names of pediatricians to consider. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a handy ‘find a pediatrician’ tool, where you can search for a pediatrician on the westside of el paso. All pediatricians listed on the AAP’s website have graduated from an accredited medical school and completed an accredited residency program, as well being board-certified. If you have friends with children, they can be a great resource for recommending quality pediatricians – and the advantage of asking for advice from friends is that they will know you personally, and have a good idea of what you’re looking for in a doctor. Finding someone local is important, as you don’t want to be having to drive for hours every time your child has a nasty rash or a bad headache.
2. Once you have a list of el paso pediatricians that appeal to you, you can begin to narrow down your search through calling their practices or hospitals and finding answers to basic questions. An important thing to ask initially is if the doctor is accepting new patients, and if they take your insurance plan. Find out also how billing for their services is organised. Additionally, find out their office hours, and if they’re available during the middle of the night for emergencies. See if there is an advice line outside of office hours, for non-emergency enquiries. You can also make visits to practices in the area, and see what kind of vibe you have – comfort, cleanliness and toys for the kids are always good signs. Talk to some of the other parents in the waiting room to get their opinion, finding out how long it takes for an appointment etc.
3. Having narrowed it down based upon the above criteria, you can now arrange interviews with your ‘shortlist’ of potential pediatricians – around 3-5 is reasonable. Meeting someone face-to-face is really the only way to know if they’re the right doctor for you and your baby – someone can be perfect on paper, but you might not click in real life. For some parents, an important question to ask their “El Paso kid doctor” is if they too are a parent, and thus know firsthand what it’s like to raise a child. Secondly, see if the doctor shares your view on things like breastfeeding, circumcision and vaccinations. You want someone who respects your personal views and won’t try to make you feel uncomfortable with your decisions.
Good communication with your doctor is essential, so make sure that they communicate clearly, without medical jargon, and take the time to answer all of your queries.
Here’s a video with more information on choosing the right Doctor for your child.
Learn more about Pediatrics visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pediatrics