Will you be delivering your first baby in the near future? If so, you have probably been very excited as you decorate the baby's room and as you attend baby shower's held in your honor. The next thing on your to-do list might be the most important thing to do before the baby is born. That important matter is the selection of a baby doctor that will be there right from your baby's first day of life.
Consider Those Who Can Direct You To The Best Doctor
Your ob-gyn doctor has probably gotten to know you well enough to know what kind of baby doctor would be the best for you. For instance, maybe you have demonstrated an interest in every single scientific part of what has transpired during your pregnancy. That shows that you are probably a detail-oriented person who will want to have every bit of information that is available in the world of pediatric medical care. The fact that you selected a woman ob-gyn doctor might be a clue that you would also be most comfortable with a female baby doctor. Of course, that's true if you have a male ob-gyn doctor too.
Friends and family members are also a great resource. Talk to those who have babies who are at least one or two years old. They will be able to tell you if they have had good support from their baby's doctor as he or she went through things like teething and colic. Another good idea is to talk to friends and family members whose children are older, even in their teen years. After all, a child doctor doesn't just care of little ones. Eventually, your child will need things like sports and camp examinations.
Meet The Child Doctor And The Staff
It's probably a given that the baby doctors you are considering all love kids. After, all, if they don't, why would they even consider pediatric medicine? Still, there are other factors to consider.
- Is the front office staff great with children?
- Is the waiting room child-friendly?
- How soon are calls returned?
- How soon can you expect prescription refills to be taken care of?
Something else to consider is the fact that the doctor you select might have a physician's assistant. In fact, your child might see that person as often, or almost as often, as he or she sees the actual doctor. Before you make your final decision on which doctor you want for your baby, think of paying a visit to the office where you can hopefully meet the staff, the doctor and the physician's assistant.
Reach out to a pediatrics office like Kitsap Children's Clinic LLP for more information.