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Choosing A Pediatric Physician

The final months of pregnancy are often filled with busy preparations like buying baby gear, choosing the right car seat, or setting up a crib. It's also a good time to start thinking about and looking for a pediatric physician, or pediatrician. A pediatric physician will help guide you with the physical, emotional, and social development of your child, and will help you make big decisions for your child's health. Choosing your child's healthcare provider is an important decision that can feel overwhelming; here are some tips to consider when choosing your child's pediatric physician.

Start Now

The best time to pick a pediatric physician is before your baby is born. Becoming established with a pediatric physician can help you avoid long or unexpected wait times. Sometimes your ideal pediatric physician won't be accepting new patients and you may end up waiting weeks or months for an appointment. 


Read reviews on pediatric physicians online. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, or local parenting groups. It's also important to make sure that your pediatric physician of choice accepts your medical insurance. 

After-Hours Assistance

Make sure the pediatric physician's office had an on-call service. Having a resource after hours, late at night, or on weekends can help save a trip to the emergency room or even just answer simple questions. 

Policies Versus Preferences

You may find it helpful to review a pediatric physician's website or talk to them over the phone to make sure their policies align with your beliefs and preferences. A conflict of interest may lead to another search for a different pediatric physician. 

Sick Patient Procedures

Consider an office that has a sick waiting room and a well-waiting room. Having two separate waiting rooms may help decrease your child's risk of contracting an illness. 

Multi-Physician Practice

Consider a practice with multiple physicians. In the case of a last-minute or sick appointment, you may be able to see a pediatric physician sooner if your child's regular doctor isn't available. 


Think over what location of a pediatric physician's office is most convenient to you. Perhaps a practice closer to your home? Work? Daycare? What is the furthest distance you feel comfortable driving? Appointments can be time-consuming and travel time is worth considering. 

A pediatric physician is a partner in maintaining your child's health and well-being, and finding the right one is an important decision that is worth the time and research.