Choosing a paediatrician is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child’s health. This is not just a short-term decision as your paediatrician will be your child’s primary care doctor for a long time to come. He/she will guide you through many decisions about protecting your child’s wellbeing.
Here are important factors to keep in mind before taking this all important decision.
- Location, location, location
It’s always best to look for a paediatrician in your vicinity. When your child is unwell, travelling too far to meet the doctor is not the ideal thing to do. Hence, when you’re looking for a paediatrician, consider the doctors available at locations near your home.
With telemedicine picking up, a very viable alternative is to look for a paediatrician who is accessible easily for online / video consultations.
- Use your personal network or even better, get a referral
Start by asking family, friends, and other healthcare providers for recommendations. You can also ask for a referral list from your own doctor. To narrow down on your doctor, visit a few hospitals or clinics to learn about the practice.
- Evaluate the Paediatrician’s Experience
The more experienced the paediatrician, the better the diagnosis and results will be. You will need your paediatrician for everything from routine visits, vaccinations to allergy and chronic treatments, hence experience matters.
- Consider the Gender of the Paediatrician
Your child will most probably not care whether the doctor is male or female. While you may have your own preference for your child, think about the years to come. For example, circumcision will be an embarrassing or fearful issue for a boy and a pelvic exam may be a reason that a girl would prefer a female doctor. If gender is not something you want to base your decision on right now, consider choosing a hospital or clinic with both male and female doctors.
- Thoroughly Research the Paediatrician’s Credentials
Proper certification is one of the most important factors to consider when selecting a paediatrician. It tells you that the doctor has the necessary training, skills and experience to provide for your child. Do confirm that the paediatrician has no history of malpractice claims or disciplinary actions.
- Consider the Hospital or Clinic Atmosphere
You may be spending a good deal of time at your paediatrician’s hospital or clinic. Make sure you are comfortable with the place and ambience. Check from the cleanliness and hygiene aspect as you do know, there will be sick children! Consider things like, are there separate waiting areas for the sick? Is there a small play area or other ways to keep your child occupied while you wait? How does the office staff treat you and other patients? Ask about after hours emergency care and what happens if your paediatrician is not available.
7. Read Reviews by other Parents
Reading what other people have to say about a doctor can provide insight into how a doctor practices medicine, as well as how his or her medical practice is operated. Patient reviews typically reflect the doctor’s approach towards treating the child. Always prefer doctors who don’t prescribe too many medicines especially for children. There are doctors who inform you about home remedies which work for example, using eucalyptus oil on bed spreads to relieve a cold. Going to such doctors is always better for your child.
- Think about Insurance Coverage
Your budget or insurance coverage is a practical matter. Consider a paediatrician whose clinic or hospital charges fall within your budget and also, accept your insurance. To receive the most insurance benefits and pay the least out-of-pocket for your care, you may need to choose a paediatrician who participates in your plan.
Those are the top 9 things you should consider while making the important decision of choosing the right paediatrician. The right paediatrician can make a world of difference to the health of your child. So, be wise and choose well.
The paediatricians at Ayu Health are well qualified with extensive experience. They have the right credentials and certifications required to provide the best treatment for your child.
They also have state of the art facilities available at the hospital to take care of any and every equipment your child might need to feel better. What more, Ayu Health also brings you online consultations with the best of the best paediatricians! What this means is that you don’t even need to step out of your home to consult the doctor. Booking the appointment can be done easily using the website or through call or WhatsApp at 6366100800. An e-prescription will be shared with you by the doctor online. So, Ayu Health provides your child good health right at your fingertips!
At Ayu Health, you can be assured that you are providing the best for your child.