Navigating Your Child’s Doctor’s Appointments

Friday , 6, April 2012 Leave a comment

I am not an expert when it comes to this subject, but my 5 month old has had quite a few doctor’s appointments in his short life.  I have learned a few tricks that might come in handy for other mammas out there.

First, you will be asked to choose a pediatrician.  Your hospital may even require you to make an appointment with one before leaving the hospital.   Since Eli is my first child, I turned to my faithful facebook friends for a pediatrician recommendation.  We chose an office that has many different doctors. (ABC Pediatrics in Fayetteville)  So far, I have been able to schedule his monthly check-ups with the same doctor, but if I need him to see someone for an illness of some sort, I know I can get him an appointment that day.  For us, this is the best of both worlds.  We have a doctor that knows our child, but the convenience of same day appointments, if necessary.

When Eli had his first doctor’s appointment the doctor discovered a ‘sacral dimple’.  Which usually amounts to nothing, but just in case, we were off to the children’s hospital for an ultrasound. (everything came out clear).  Our doctors office actually made the appointment for us.  Lesson learned: Having the doctor make the appointment for you is super easy!  If your doctor recommends seeing a specialist, it can’t hurt to ask if they can make the appointment for you.

Eli also needed to see a dermatologist for his eczema.  (I know, I know, how many doctors does this kid need to see!?) But seriously, it was beyond anything the regular pediatrician was able to figure out.  This time, the pediatrician gave us a list of recommended dermatologists in our area and had us make the appointment.  This worked out fine as well. Lesson learned: Your doctor probably has a list of recommended specialists for you to contact.

The most important thing about choosing a doctor for your children is to go with your gut.  I believe that ‘mommy’ or ‘parent’ instincts really do exist, and if something doesn’t feel right, it is time to make a change.  Whether you move to a different office or a different doctor within the same office, it is important that you find a doctor that you and your family feel comfortable with.

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