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Here are some factors I think you ought to consider carefully in choosing the physician who will care for your children.
The first thing to do is to ask around. Meet and talk to mothers. Ask them specifically what they like and don't like about their child's doctor, and inquire about the general reputations of the physicians you are considering.
Qualifications are difficult to judge from diplomas. Just about everybody nowadays is board certified or board eligible - the HMO's generally require it. And what do you really know about the Mount Saint Elsewhere pediatric training program? I think you will get better input from your friends whether the doctor knows what's what.
Does he or she have children? How many and how old? Is it all just theory or has the doctor's attitude toward the difficulties of parenthood been tempered by the cruel fires of actual experience? Does the doctor seem flexible and practical-minded, or does he or she suffer from rigidity and "hardening of the categories."
How does he or she do with counsel for common childhood behavior problems? Believe me, this is where the rubber hits the road in pediatrics. Anybody can diagnose an earache... but can they deal with sleep problems, toileting problems, or biting at the daycare? Does his or her advice work for parents or just get them out of the office? Does the parent wind up feeling blamed and inadequate or does she feel the doctor understands and cares and will work with the parent to solve the problem in a common-sense way that the parents can actually accomplish?
Look at the following list and ask about some of the things mentioned. Sure, these "kid-friendly" ideas are just my prejudices - your doctor is certainly free to do whatever she desires and everybody has his own "style" - but I think you will agree these are important issues in determining how comfortable your young child is with his or her physician.
And last but certainly not least, does he or she remember to wash his or her hands either before or after every patient?
See also talking with your doctor.
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