Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Pediatrician in Your Area


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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this cold and flu season is expected to be particularly severe. In fact, the H3N2 flu virus has already landed several children in the hospital due to its severity, with countless more missing days if not weeks of school. As such, finding a pediatrician is especially important this cold and flu season.

Similar to family doctors, pediatric doctors evaluate and provide medical treatment for a variety of common ailments, such as the flu, in children and teenagers ranging in age from infancy all the way to the age of 18. Pediatricians may also refer your child to specialist, such as an allergist, if their condition is beyond the scope of their expertise or practice, or if it requires additional testing and/or treatment.

When choosing a pediatrician, you may find that asking for personal recommendations from those you know and trust such as family, friends, or coworkers, is especially useful. Receiving a recommendation from someone you know may put you at ease and make you feel comfortable. If you’re new to an area and have gotten a chance to make friends just yet, be sure to ask other parents in your neighborhood or extracurricular activities for information on pediatricians in your are. You also may be able to ask a teacher, coach, or the employees at the daycare your child attends.

The internet is also an excellent resource for finding and choosing a pediatrician. There are a number of online forums for parents and guardians dedicated to providing honest peer reviews that may be helpful in your decision. Several pediatric offices also have business websites or social media pages that may provide additional information.

Also, don’t be afraid to contact the pediatrician’s office directly in order to discuss any questions or concerns. There are a number of important questions to ask pediatricians, especially if your child has a chronic medical condition or special needs.

Choosing a pediatrician who both you and your child are comfortable with can kelp keep your child healthy and make going to the doctor a pleasant experience instead of a chore.
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