How to choose the best pediatrician for your child

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Choosing a pediatrician for your child can seem like a daunting task, especially if it's...

Choosing a pediatrician for your child can seem like a daunting task, especially if it's your first child or your family is moving. It's important to spend the time to find the right pediatrician because they will become an integral part of your life. From immunizations to minor emergencies, having someone you know and trust with your child's health will give you great peace of mind.

Kudzu can help guide you through a list of qualified pediatricians in Atlanta. Once you have selected potential candidates, there are a number of things you can do to help you decide who to choose. Some pediatric practices even set aside specific parental visiting hours to meet the doctors and staff, and become acquainted with the facilities.

Here is a short list of questions you should consider when interviewing a pediatrician:

  • Does the doctor rotate with other pediatricians or family practice physicians? If so, can you arrange to meet them?
  • How will emergent illnesses be dealt with? For example, does the physician coordinate treatment through specialists?
  • Besides posted clinic hours, what are the doctor's on-call hours?
  • Are there other ways to reach your primary pediatrician in case of an emergency? Does the physician offer emailing and texting?
  • Which hospital does the doctor prefer for emergency room admissions? If you live in a rural location, will the doctor work with hospitals closer to where you live?
  • Will you be consulting with a physician's assistant (PA) or a nurse practitioner for routine examinations, wellness visits or periodic checkups?
  • Besides infant and toddler vaccinations, will the physician arrange special immunizations required by your child's school or when your family travels abroad?
  • Does the office accept your child's health insurance and how do they handle claims?
  • How does the office handle last minute appointments or schedule changes?

If your child has a rare illness or special needs, tell your Atlanta pediatrician during the interview to find out if they are familiar with the condition or can suggest another physician who is. Most doctors or their office staff will be willing to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.

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