How to Choose a Pediatrician

Choosing a pediatrician is one of the first, and most important, decisions you’ll make as a parent. A good pediatrician is important because they’re the main source of information when it comes to your child’s health.

How Do I Find a List of Pediatricians in my Area?

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides patients with a tool that allows them to search for pediatricians in the community. You can narrow your search down by city, languages spoken, medical sub-specialty and zip code.

What Questions Should I Ask Potential Pediatricians?

It’s important to ask a lot of questions when interviewing potential pediatricians. Here’s a full list of questions to ask during the interview:

  • Are you board certified?
  • What hospital affiliations does your practice have?
  • Is your office good with returning calls?
  • How many years of experience do you have?
  • Where did you go to medical school?
  • How do you feel about the use of antibiotics?
  • Do you do same-day appointments for sick children?
  • Do you accept my health insurance?
  • Do you have any sub-specialties?
  • If you’re unavailable, who will my child see?
  • What ages of children do you treat?
  • Do you have children of your own?
  • What are your thoughts on vaccinations such as the flu vaccines?

Finally, many pediatric groups offer a “prenatal consult” or “getting to know us” visit for many expectant parents. This is a good opportunity to interact with the practice before choosing your pediatrician.

Virtual Appointments Now Available!

For the safety and convenience of our patients, we’re proud to now offer virtual appointments for ill patients and medication rechecks. 

To schedule your appointment, please give us a call at one of our locations and we’ll be happy to help. 

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