What to Ask Your Pediatrician
Pediatrician Background Questions
- When and where did you complete medical school or residency?
- Are you a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) or other specialty organization? Are you board certified in pediatrics?
- How long have you been in practice?
- Do you have any areas of subspecialty?
- At what hospitals do you have nursery or admitting privileges?
- How often do you visit a new baby in the hospital?
- How are questions over the phone managed in your office? Do you charge for phone calls?
- What are the office hours?
- Do you have any after-hour appointments or weekend appointments?
- How long in advance must you book appointments?
- What diagnostic facilities (lab work, strep tests, X-rays) can be done in the office?
- Do you answer any questions by e-mail?
- How do you deal with after-hour emergencies?
- Who covers for you when you are on vacation or not available?
- Is there an office reminder system for checkups and immunizations?
- What happens if I miss a scheduled visit? Is it easy to reschedule?
- Does a nurse practitioner (PNP) work in your office?
- What is the scheduled length of your appointments?
- Do you have a “sick child” waiting room?
- How long will I be sitting in the waiting room, on average?
- Do you have a list of health insurances that you take?
- How does it work if my child is admitted to a hospital?
Pediatric Practice Questions
- What do you do to support breast-feeding mothers?
- What is your approach to introducing solid foods to an infant?
- What do you think about circumcision?
- What can I do to help my child sleep through the night?
- What over-the-counter medications can my child use?
- How often does my child need to come in for routine physicals?
- What advice do you have for potty training?
- What’s your advice for handling temper tantrums?
- Do you have any tips for encouraging children to eat a wider variety of foods?
- My child seems to be a little behind on some milestones. Should I be worried?