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FIRST TIME EXPECTING PARENTS WHAT SHOULD WE ASK THE PEDIATRIAN WHEN WE MEET BEFORE BABY IS BORN?

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Sherac

Asked by Sherac at 6:17 PM on Jul. 1, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Obviously the first question is why they chose to become a pediatrician. (There are thousands of fields they could have gone into.)
    Where did he/she go to medical school?
    What was their favorite subject in college and why.
    What was their worst subject in college and why.
    What's the main thing a parent can do to ensure their children's health? (No more than 5 listings.)
    If a parent has a bad experience with a pediatrician, what should they do?
    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 6:31 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • One thing I asked is how the doctor felt about putting my kid on medications. I didn't want to put my son on meds for every little thing, so I asked if my doc would be okay with that (like Ritalin, etc.) You might also want to ask about what the doc thinks about immunizations since that's such a hot topic. Also, ask how long a typical wait is, how long it usually takes the doc or nurse to call you back when you call in with a question (which will probably happen often), and if they can usually fit you in the same day when you need to see the doctor last minute.
    Liz_24

    Answer by Liz_24 at 6:33 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • It can be really nice if they have a separate waiting room for sick and well patients, if this is important to you make sure to ask about it.
    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 8:31 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • If he is on vacation, who takes his patients?
    What hospitals does he have rights at?
    Does he have an office nurse to answer routine questions?
    Does he have a back entrance for possibly contagious children or at least whisk them out of the waiting room quickly so they don't spread their germs?
    Many doctor's are very opinionated about co-sleeping, breastfeeding, crying-it-out... is he? If you disagree with his views (now or later) will you be comfortable there? Note: in parenting, never say never... your baby will laugh at your decisions and you'll have to change your mind many times.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 8:34 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • Do they come to the hospital once your child is born or do you make an appt. afterwards? What insurance do they take? Our pediatrician had a "class" we were able to attend that told us about their place and answered any questions we could think of. You may want to see if they have one of those.
    sunshinepraying

    Answer by sunshinepraying at 10:19 AM on Jul. 2, 2008

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