Pediatricians not only need to be good doctors, they also need to be able to relate well to children. Good communication skills are considered the number one trait a pediatrician should have. They need to be diplomatic, persuasive and sympathetic when working with children as well as their parents.
Diplomacy is required when the pediatrician needs to talk to parents about sensitive issues such as personal hygiene or childhood obesity. Doctors also need genuine compassion when they treat children with chronic illnesses, as well as gentle persuasiveness when they need to convince parents and colleagues to make changes in their work or lifestyle.