My name is Melinda Johnson and I suffered with foot pain for many years. I went to see a podiatrist and after an examination, I was told that I had heel spur syndrome. I followed the recommendations of my doctor by doing at home treatments along with physical therapy. I was amazed at how much these treatments helped my foot pain. Living with pain can have a big impact on your life and that's why I started this blog. My foot pain kept me from doing many things that I enjoy and I want to help others who are going through the same situation. As you browse through my blog, you'll learn about home treatments, medical procedures and new advancements in medicine that can help reduce pain. It is my hope that by writing this blog, you can live pain free too.
Depending on your child's specific needs, you can expect to be in the pediatrician's office multiple time per year throughout the first few years of your child's young life. Therefore, you really want to do your homework before selecting the pediatrician who you will be relying on for your child's optimal health. Luckily, there are a few simple tips to follow that will help you make the best choice:
1. Review Your Own Needs
Before looking outward at your child's healthcare provider, be sure to look inward. What are looking for, specifically, in a doctor for your child? Do you want someone who has years of experience, or is building a friendly relationship with your pediatrician more important? Are you willing to commute? Do you require a doctor that has training in a specialty area due to your child's unique condition? Ask yourself these questions and more to be sure that you go into the interview process with honesty and clear thinking.
2. Get References
Ask your friends and fellow parents in your social circle about their current pediatricians. Seek out the most like-minded individuals so that their recommendation is more likely to suit your needs. Ask them specifically why they like their doctor and how available the doctor is in urgent situations.
3. Research the Insurance Realities
It does you and your child no good if you find the perfect doctor but you can't afford to choose them based on a lack of insurance coverage. Read your insurance company's list of participating providers and narrow the list down to a handful of quality pediatricians you feel comfortable with. Alternatively, your insurance company may allow you to see providers outside of your plan, though this may result in additional fees.
4. Take a Look at Their Office First
Come early when you schedule an interview with your potential pediatrician. Ask other parents what they feel about the doctor and the practice as a whole. Take note of the presence of a separate waiting room for contagious children (or lack thereof). No division between contagiously ill children and the rest of the children coming for visits could mean that your child runs the risk of contracting something from the doctor's office itself.
Your child's health is vital. In the first few years of their life, having the right pediatrician can make all the difference between happy days and sad, sick days. Be sure to use the tips above to find a children's clinic that fits your needs and personality style for your child's health.