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Health Tip: Choosing Your Child's Pediatrician

Health Tip: Choosing Your Child's Pediatrician


(HealthDay News) -- Your child's pediatrician will be your partner for many years in helping your child grow into a healthy adolescent.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these factors to consider when selecting a pediatrician:

  • Find out background information, such as where he or she attended medical school and where he or she were residents.
  • Consider where the pediatrician has hospital rights and where the office is located, as well as office hours.
  • Ask about how after-hours emergencies are dealt with.
  • Consider the friendliness of the staff, and the pediatrician's interest in your child's health.
  • Ask about the likelihood of getting a same-day appointment in the event of an emergency, and the availability of other specialists if your pediatrician isn't available.
  • Ask about insurance participation, and managed-care programs in which the doctor participates.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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