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What to Ask Your Pediatrician

Pediatrician Background Questions

  1. When and where did you complete medical school or residency?
  2. Are you a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) or other specialty organization? Are you board certified in pediatrics?
  3. How long have you been in practice?
  4. Do you have any areas of subspecialty?
  5. At what hospitals do you have nursery or admitting privileges?
  6. How often do you visit a new baby in the hospital?

Office Questions

  1. How are questions over the phone managed in your office? Do you charge for phone calls?
  2. What are the office hours?
  3. Do you have any after-hour appointments or weekend appointments?
  4. How long in advance must you book appointments?
  5. What diagnostic facilities (lab work, strep tests, X-rays) can be done in the office?
  6. Do you answer any questions by e-mail?
  7. How do you deal with after-hour emergencies?
  8. Who covers for you when you are on vacation or not available?
  9. Is there an office reminder system for checkups and immunizations?
  10. What happens if I miss a scheduled visit? Is it easy to reschedule?
  11. Does a nurse practitioner (PNP) work in your office?
  12. What is the scheduled length of your appointments?
  13. Do you have a “sick child” waiting room?
  14. How long will I be sitting in the waiting room, on average?
  15. Do you have a list of health insurances that you take?
  16. How does it work if my child is admitted to a hospital?

Pediatric Practice Questions

  1. What do you do to support breast-feeding mothers?
  2. What is your approach to introducing solid foods to an infant?
  3. What do you think about circumcision?
  4. What can I do to help my child sleep through the night?
  5. What over-the-counter medications can my child use?
  6. How often does my child need to come in for routine physicals?
  7. What advice do you have for potty training?
  8. What’s your advice for handling temper tantrums?
  9. Do you have any tips for encouraging children to eat a wider variety of foods?
  10. My child seems to be a little behind on some milestones. Should I be worried?

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