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Old Dec 22, '05, 11:13 am
MooCowSteph MooCowSteph is offline
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Default Choosing a pediatrician

We're scheduling our new parent appointment with a pediatrician and I was wondering what questions you asked your pediatrician, or what questions you wished you had asked. We would like a pediatrician who supports AP and extended breastfeeding. What else should I look for. Thanks!!
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Old Dec 22, '05, 1:01 pm
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Catholic would be good, BUT his views on AP and extended breastfeeding are FAR more important. You are on the right track by making sure that he is aligned with your approach to parenting.

The only other thing you might want to find out is if his philosophy for treating illnesses agrees with yours. For instance, he is a "quick put them on an antibiotic" kind of doctor or is he more the "take some vitamin C, get some rest, and call me in 24 hoursand then we'll see" kind of guy?

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Old Dec 22, '05, 3:54 pm
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Catholic would be good, BUT his views on AP and extended breastfeeding are FAR more important. You are on the right track by making sure that he is aligned with your approach to parenting.

The only other thing you might want to find out is if his philosophy for treating illnesses agrees with yours. For instance, he is a "quick put them on an antibiotic" kind of doctor or is he more the "take some vitamin C, get some rest, and call me in 24 hoursand then we'll see" kind of guy?

Good luck!
I wish I coculd walk in and ask if he was Catholic. Well, I guess I could, but I would feel a little wierd.
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Old Dec 22, '05, 5:04 pm
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Personally I don't like pediatricians (they all seem so paranoid to me for some reason) although if a specialist is needed I prefer it be a pediatric __ in whatever field. but for regular check ups and your run of the mill life happens kind of things I prefer just using the family dr. for all of us. I get to know him much better and he knows me better too. I don't neccessarily look for a dr. to agree with me, although that's certainly nice, I look for a dr that is okay taking a backseat in my health choices. I look at drs. as advisors. Their job is to give all the options with honest pros/cons given the problem(s) I present with. My job is to make what I feel is the best choice for me/my family. I do not need a dr. that just says "do this" and then gets annoyed when you question him or just have questions in general.

I look for a dr. that listens and works with me. For example, our current family MD is very pro-all vaccines asap. I am not. But he has listened to my concerns and is okay with delaying some, not getting some, and getting others. Many drs. wouldn't do that for us.

I would also take stock of the staff. If the nurses are pains (sometimes literally!) or the receptionist is rude - take a long walk elsewhere. They can make seeing the dr difficult or unbearable.

Also, ask about any other drs. that may be in the practice and if this is the dr. you will actually see. In the past, I got really frustrated with having 1 dr that was supposed to be mine, but always seing some other when I showed up or not getting a dr. at all, but a physicians asst. If there's several drs in the practice you should be aware to ask about this. You may like both or you may find you absolutely can't stand one of them. If I wanted to see whoever happened to show up - I wouldn't bother making an appt with that particuliar dr. and I'd just go to a random county clinic. It was highly annoying to pay my fee at the desk for my dr, then get to the room and find I was given some other dr. or someone who wasn't a dr. at all.
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Old Dec 23, '05, 5:32 am
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Catholic would be good, BUT his views on AP and extended breastfeeding are FAR more important. You are on the right track by making sure that he is aligned with your approach to parenting.
what she said.........i am searching for a family practice for allof us to go to but can't find one yet....i wish i had a great doc....
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Old Dec 23, '05, 9:51 am
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what she said.........i am searching for a family practice for allof us to go to but can't find one yet....i wish i had a great doc....
What HE said

Oh and Rob's wife...good point! A good family doc is really almost better. No absolute need for a pediatrician.
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Old Dec 23, '05, 11:36 am
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What HE said
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Old Dec 23, '05, 12:45 pm
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We have been through many different pediatricians (moved often) and finally have settled on a Family Practice Dr. who is wonderful. IME, family practice Dr.s are not quite so vaccine/antibiotic happy, and just tend to take a more natural approach to things.

Either way, instead of asking if they are pro-BFing (they will pretty much all say yes) ask, "under what circumstances would you recommend supplementing with formula?" and "what lactation consultant do you recommend for women having trouble BFing?" These answers will be much more telling.

I would also ask about selective or delayed vaccination (there are new vaccines all of the time, which are not yet proven IMO), so- even if you are fine with everything now, you may not be next year, and you want to know if they are hard-line vaccinators.

I would *definitely* ask what kind of sex-talking they do with teens, and if they refer for abortions, prescribe BC pills, etc. (I know that's a long way off, but if you are able, it is so ideal to go all of the way through with on Dr.)

Good luck!
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Old Dec 23, '05, 1:05 pm
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I just wanted to also agree that no pediatrician is needed (I've used them before and find them to not always be helpful and tuned into our family). Our whole family goes to a general pracitioner/ family dr and he even does deliveries. I'm lucky he's Catholic and NFP only as well--I admit that that's hard to come by. You might check One More Soul and see what's listed in your area. They do list family and pediatrician type drs! http://www.omsoul.com
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Old Dec 23, '05, 1:09 pm
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I agree with Jess.. vac's are a hot button issue w/ my pediatrician. They want to vaccinate for everything.. even the chicken pox which is one I choose not to do. The Roto-virus (sp?) was another one they gave me such a hard time about.. now I've heard that one has been recalled? At every visit they make me explain myself over & over again which is such a drag.. can't you write it down in the chart? Also.. lead testing. UGG! They drive me nuts with that one - just because we live in an old house - even though it's been totally remodeled.. they still try to force me to have my babies tested for lead. Apparently some kids eat paint chips (OK - I don't HAVE paint chips lying around) and my kids have ZERO symptoms of lead poisoning. In my town there are tons of older homes.. my pedatrician said she makes EVERYONE get their children tested for lead.. I asked, "How many come back positive?" She admited that she never had one single case. I'm not suprised since WE ALL GREW UP WITH LEAD BASED PAINTS! It's no wonder any of us made it out alive?

Go with your gut feeling. I've never liked my pediatrician.. but lucky for me, my kids are rarely sick.
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Old Dec 23, '05, 5:54 pm
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*sigh* my kingdom for the opportunity to choose...LOL -- for us it's either Dr. How-dare-you-have-knowledge-of-more-than-I or if you're really lucky, it's Dr I-hate-this-job-and-only-joined-the-military-because-there's-no-malpractice-insurance-to-pay.

I chose the first one...i love a good fight...LOL!
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Old Dec 23, '05, 6:44 pm
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Something else to consider - which truly never crossed my mind until the pediatrician we chose brought it up at our first visit w/ her after we had our son...

Do you know the gender of your baby? If so, are you choosy about having a female dr. for your daugther, or a male dr. for your son?

Our son's ped. is a female - I have no issues with this, but it was something she brought up at our first appt. with her (at the interview while I was pregnant, we didn't know gender). She was very open about her views on the pros & cons, and was open to any questions we had. There are 3 drs. in the practice we take our ds to, 2 are female, one is male. So we do have the option of switching drs. when ds is older, if he begins to act uncomfortable w/ his current dr.

Also, make sure you leave with information on what policies are for after hour calls, emergencies, etc.
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Old Dec 23, '05, 7:19 pm
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*sigh* my kingdom for the opportunity to choose...LOL -- for us it's either Dr. How-dare-you-have-knowledge-of-more-than-I or if you're really lucky, it's Dr I-hate-this-job-and-only-joined-the-military-because-there's-no-malpractice-insurance-to-pay.

I chose the first one...i love a good fight...LOL!
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Old Dec 23, '05, 7:26 pm
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We have been through many different pediatricians (moved often) and finally have settled on a Family Practice Dr. who is wonderful. IME, family practice Dr.s are not quite so vaccine/antibiotic happy, and just tend to take a more natural approach to things.

Good luck!
My eldest and his wife are pediatricians..... and NOT eager to dispense antibiotics at all....... those meds often make the parents feel "better", but build up immunities in the kids.... not good.

Also..... do they know anything about NFP as opposed to contraceptives?

Which hospitals are they affiliated with?

How many kids do they have. (gives them a better perspective)

Are they their own pediatricians? (better they are not!)
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Old Dec 23, '05, 8:41 pm
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i love your sense of humor
Thanks -- play the "Tri-to-care" game long enough, and a good sense of humor becomes necessary to maintain your sanity...he he...seriously, in my personal experience, I have found one really good, smart, open minded doc to every...I'd say three or four idiots...so they're out there, but the odds of getting assigned to one are slim, b/c word spreads fast...and you usually end up stuck with who you were assigned to when you arrived on station....still, it is free...so like anything, it has it's ups and downs --

I will TOTALLY second the "off-hours" policy -- figure it out because kids INEVITABLY get sick at 4:45 on the Wed before Thanksgiving weekend...it never fails!! Or you'll catch them pulling at their ears and whining at about 7pm on Friday night...so figure out what the nights/weekends deal is-- for me, it's 5hrs in the ER or wait it out and hope there's an opening on Monday, just not during naps...lol
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