How to Choose a Pediatrician

Finding the right pediatrician for your child is one of the most important parental decisions you can make.

At St. Mary High Desert Medical Group, we know it's important to be comfortable with the doctor's philosophies, policies and training. Knowing that you and your child will be treated with respect and compassion is vital to the creation of a trusted, years-long doctor-patient relationship.

Here's how to start choosing a pediatrician that's right for you:

  • Search toward the end of your pregnancy
  • Get referrals from family, friends and your obstetrician
  • Check credentials such as board certification, subspecialty or pediatric interest

As you're searching, here are some important questions to ask:

  • Do you have separate waiting areas for sick and healthy children?
  • What is your philosophy about circumcision and the use of antibiotics?
  • What is your policy on vaccinations?
  • If you are unavailable when I call, will your nurse be available?
  • When is the best time to call for minor questions?
  • If I cannot speak with you, who will handle my questions?
  • How are after hours situations or emergencies handled?
  • What hospital does the doctor admit to?
  • Does the office accept your insurance or offer payment plans?

Once you begin your search, you'll probably have more questions, so keep in mind that the bond between you and your pediatrician is a critical one. A well-qualified doctor doesn't mean it's the right one for you. Inform yourself, then choose.

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