As a parent, your number one priority is always your child’s health. It can be a stressful situation when you are making decisions that could affect their well-being. Making these decisions as a team with your pediatrician can be the best way to feel assured the right choice is being made for your child. Below, we’ll go over how to form a relationship with your pediatrician that can lead to the best support system for your child.
Find the Right Pediatrician
The first step to forming a relationship with your pediatrician is finding a provider willing to work with you to put your child’s health first. It can be difficult to work with a pediatrician who has very different beliefs about how to approach your child’s health. When searching for a pediatrician, make sure to ask how they run their appointments and how they would approach various situations with their patients. You want to be able to trust your provider to listen to your opinion but also use their best medical judgement at the same time. If you are just starting out your search for a provider, search your location and type of doctor online to get a list of ones nearby. For example, searching ‘Southlake pediatrics’ will give you a list of nearby doctors that you can then view the services they provide and read their reviews.
Come to Appointments Prepared
One of the best ways to get the most out of your visits is to come to them prepared with any questions and concerns written down. This makes sure you don’t forget to bring anything up during the appointment and allows the doctor time to address any concerns. This is especially important if this is your initial visit with a provider and you are not sure if they are the right pediatrician for your child yet. Make sure to ask how they approach their practice to see if they would be a good fit. If they seem rushed through the appointment and not addressing all of your concerns, they are likely going to always act like this and are not a good fit for you. Don’t let this discourage you from searching for a pediatrician that listens to your concerns and truly cares about your child’s health.
It’s important that you and the provider work together and communicate as much information as possible. This can help give both of you a better understanding of your child and help better take care of them. Although your pediatrician has gone through extensive training to do their job correctly, they usually only see your child when you bring them in for a well child visit. At these well child checkups you should go over any changes or other observations you’ve noticed about your child. The more in-depth information you are able to provide to the pediatrician, the better an idea they will have of who your child is. This could also allow you to pick up on behavior that is unusual that you didn’t notice because you see your child everyday.
Use Them as a Resource
When you have the right pediatrician, they will be more than happy to address any concerns you have. Especially if this is your first child, a lot of questions will arise during the beginning stages of parenthood. Part of their job is to help guide you and help you be the best parent you can be, so don’t hesitate to reach out when questions arise. Most providers would rather you ask them questions than look things up online and potentially find unreliable information.
Your child’s pediatrician is likely someone you will see from when they are a baby to adulthood, so it’s important to form a solid relationship with them. A good relationship with your pediatrician will help you both better support your child and help them lead a healthy rest of their life.