Unlike items you can send to any repair shop when broken, your children need the right pediatrician when they get sick. It’s not that you don’t trust the skills of other medical specialists, but it is always advisable to choose a pediatrician who would care for your children’s health as much as you do. Here are some tips you can follow to make sure your children are in good hands.
Ask recommendations from relatives and friends. Instead of starting your search from scratch─ which is susceptible to mistakes─ getting the opinion of those who had received services from pediatricians before will greatly help.
As soon as you narrow down your options, start looking into their personal and professional backgrounds, including how long they’ve been in the business, the kind of conditions they deal with, and their specializations. Choose a pediatrician who’s well-versed with both common and complex conditions of children and young adult. A wider understanding of the field indicates the chance of giving your children the right treatment.
If the pediatrician is active in advertising his services online, explore his business website for testimonials from previous patients. Contact the patient to verify those testimonials. Then visit the pediatrician’s office as soon as you are convinced that he’s the one you can entrust your children to.
Having a sick child is one of the most tiring and worrying things for a parent to experience. Even fevers and colds can be potentially disastrous when not addressed properly, especially when it affects children whose bodies have yet to develop strong immune systems. Fortunately, pediatric services are always within reach, which eases the burden on parents.
It is important for parents to seek only the most knowledgeable and experienced pediatricians. After all, it is their child’s health and safety that is at risk, and there is absolutely no room for mistakes. When it comes to obtaining competent pediatric care, never let prices affect your decision. Cheap services might mean unreliable treatment; at the same time, expensive pediatric treatment does not guarantee quality healthcare for your child either. So how will you find pediatric services you can trust?
You should start looking for a reputable pediatrician before the baby is due. You can check out websites and read reviews to gain new information, and ask other parents or your gynecologist for recommendations. Ensure that the pediatrician you’re considering is board certified, has completed as least three years of residency in either pediatrics or family medicine, and ideally, is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). When your child gets sick, don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician for immediate care. You can never be too careful when it comes to your children; they’re the next generation, after all.
According to a clinical report issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), parents should have their babies screened by their pediatricians even when they’re not ill to pinpoint any delays in motor skills development. These examinations will help pediatricians diagnose children with any developmental disorders.
Delays in motor skills development are manifested when babies experience difficulty sitting down and standing up, as well as speaking. “Identifying children with delays and motor abnormalities, theoretically or hopefully, would set them on a better trajectory,”says Meghann Lloyd, a student of motor development at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
To further facilitate the screening of children with motor delays, the AAP’s neuromotor screening expert panel has laid out a list of skill sets that babies and toddlers should acquire when they reach 9, 18, 30, and 48 months respectively. Among the motor skills doctors should be able to observe when examining a 9-month old baby include the ability to roll on both sides, sit still without support, and grasp objects. An 18-month old child, on the other hand, should be able to walk, sit, and stand on his or her own. Aside from observing these skills, pediatricians are also encouraged to ask parents about their child’s development.