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Health Tip: Choosing Your Child's Pediatrician

Make sure you know the doctor's background

(HealthDay News) -- Your child's pediatrician will be your partner for many years in helping your child grow into a healthy adolescent.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these factors to consider when selecting a pediatrician:

  • Find out background information, such as where he or she attended medical school and where he or she were residents.
  • Consider where the pediatrician has hospital rights and where the office is located, as well as office hours.
  • Ask about how after-hours emergencies are dealt with.
  • Consider the friendliness of the staff, and the pediatrician's interest in your child's health.
  • Ask about the likelihood of getting a same-day appointment in the event of an emergency, and the availability of other specialists if your pediatrician isn't available.
  • Ask about insurance participation, and managed-care programs in which the doctor participates.


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