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How to Find a Pediatrician You Like

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Finding a pediatrician you trust—and who is reliable, accessible and conveniently located—is no easy feat. I know this because I am currently attempting it for the third time since my son was born 10 years ago. Over that decade, I found two doctors we absolutely loved and clicked with—we said goodbye to the first when we moved across the country several years ago, and we lost the second to a well-deserved recent retirement. The next doctor is still a search-in-progress, but here’s what I’ve learned to ask and consider when shopping for your child’s pediatrician.

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Start with a referral

When it’s time to compile your list of potential pediatricians (ideally sometime in the second half of the pregnancy and then as soon as needed after that), start with your circle of family and friends, the same way you would ask for recommendations for a trustworthy auto mechanic or a favorite gym. Chances are, if your best friend adores her pediatrician, you’re going to get good vibes, too.

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If you’re new to an area or don’t have any close friends or family nearby with young children, look for recommendations online, such as through local Facebook groups or the Nextdoor app. Of course, before you call to set up an initial meeting to get to know the pediatrician (which you absolutely should do), check to make sure they are in-network with your health insurance plan.

Consider the basic logistics

You might only have to take your child to the doctor once or twice a year, in which case, needing to drive a bit farther or wait in the lobby a little longer than you’d like wouldn’t be a big deal. But you’ll probably be going more than once or twice a year, especially when they’re very little and require regular check-ups and vaccinations—and are coming down with every last daycare or preschool germ they come into contact with. An office that is too far of a drive or keeps you waiting 25 minutes every visit is going to get very old, very fast.

So you’ll want an office that is convenient to get to from your home and/or their school, and you’ll want to ask what happens if you need to make a last-minute sick appointment. If the practice you’ll be going to has four different doctors, what is the likelihood that you’ll get your child’s pediatrician for a sick appointment?

My son’s first pediatrician was part of a practice like this and although we were able to get his actual doctor maybe half the time for sick appointments, we had to see another doctor in the practice the other half the time. And most of those visits were with the one doctor I really didn’t care for. (He always seemed to have availability; perhaps I wasn’t the only parent he was repeatedly condescending toward.)

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You’ll also be able to tell in the first couple of phone calls how helpful the receptionist or the appointment scheduling system is, and wow what a difference a kind and efficient receptionist makes when you are stressed out about a sick child. In addition, you should ask what the protocol is for after-hours sick calls and how those will be handled.

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Check that you share similar views

If you’re someone who adamantly opposes the cry-it-out method, you may not mesh well with a doctor who would be quick to recommend it. Patients and doctors can have differing views on things like how hard to push yourself to exclusively breastfeed or whether or not to consider circumcision. Consider which issues are most important to you, and ask the doctor where they stand on them or what they typically recommend. If one view or another is of vital importance to you—or if you get the feeling the doctor you’re considering doesn’t at least respect your view—it’s time to move on and find someone who better aligns with your priorities.

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You’ll also want to take some basic personal preferences into consideration, such as whether you prefer a younger doctor or someone with decades of experience or a doctor who is of the same race as your child. Now that my son is older, I’m taking gender into consideration this time around. His first doctor was male and his second was female; but now that he is 10 years old, he’d prefer to have a male doctor. So that is a priority in our search this time.

Sometimes you need to give it a few visits

I did not automatically click with my son’s second pediatrician. She had a no-nonsense vibe in everything she did, whereas I thought I’d prefer a warmer approach. But the recommendation I received for her was so strong (this doctor had overseen the care of a child I know through a very serious illness) and the office was so conveniently located that I decided to stick with her for a while. She never became what I would call warm, but after just a couple of visits, I could tell she knew my kid. She understood his medical history and empowered me to take a more proactive and preventative approach to certain treatments he needed.

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Over time, she could tell when something was off just by looking at him and talking to him. On our last visit with her (about seven years into his relationship as her patient), I took him in because of some foot pain. As she examined him and he told her where it hurt and how much, she turned to me and said, “Well, if he says he’s in pain, I know he’s in pain. He is not one to complain unless something really bothers him, so let’s get him to a podiatrist.”

I wouldn’t stay with a doctor longterm whom we simply don’t click with, but sometimes it’s not evident right away that you’ve found the right fit. If all the other boxes are checked, I’d encourage you to give it a few visits to see if things fully click into place.

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

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