When it comes to choosing a pediatrician, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to find the right one. To give a bit of reference, most parents begin looking for a pediatrician in the third trimester of pregnancy. For a jump-off point, a great place to start your search is by asking your OB or trusted friends and family for suggestions. It’s more than likely they’ll have someone in mind. If you’re looking for an unbiased opinion, another great option and resource is The American Academy of Pediatrics website, HealthyChildren.com, which offers a Pediatrician Search Tool. To get a broad search result they recommend only using the first three numbers of the zip code.
What to Look For.
As you’re looking at different options for Pediatricians, there are a few important factors to consider, the first being their title. Next to their name, you’ll want to see MD, FAAP. This means they’re a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Not every pediatrician is! FAAP Pediatricians are Board Certified and provide the most up-to-date and highest level of health care possible for your child. It’s also worth making note of where they attended Medical School and any other certifications or training they have such as Certified Lactation Counselor.
Once you’ve identified a potential match you’ll want to make sure that they offer a range of services for your child's health needs. This includes New Born Visits, Sick Child Visits, Well Child Visits, Immunizations, and After Hours Care. Beyond these services, you may find that certain providers offer specialties in other areas. This could include issues like ADHD, Asthma, or Dental Varnish. If the Pediatrician is covering the full range of services typically offered, it’s a good sign. While you’re browsing their website, check to see if they accept your insurance.
Do What Feels Right.
After you’ve found a Board Certified FAAP Pediatrician that offers all of the necessary services, you’ll want to meet with them in person. Pay attention to whether or not they listen to your input. After all, you’ll know your child best. See how they explain things. Is it clear and easy to understand? If English isn’t your first language, do they speak your native language? You’ll want to feel comfortable and confident with them. Remember, most children will see this Doctor until they are an adult, so this choice matters! Kids First Pediatrics of Raleigh and Clayton, NC, strives to provide your child with the best healthcare, we may just be the right choice for your child. Please call to make an appointment today. We can be reached at our Raleigh office at (919) 250-3478 and our Clayton office at (919) 267-1499.
Medical Disclaimer. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.