3 questions to ask when choosing a pediatrician

You know how important it is to have the right OB-GYN when you’re pregnant. Now it’s time to choose a trusted medical expert for your newborn. A good pediatrician will become a family advisor that will guide you in making important decisions about your child’s health for years to come. For this reason especially, it’s important to consider your options carefully. Here are 3 important questions to ask when choosing a pediatrician for your baby.

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1. Where does the pediatrician stand on prescribing antibiotics?

You will discover a lot of pediatricians recommending the use of antibiotics for many kinds of health conditions. It’s been found, however, that antibiotics can kill the intestinal flora, which are bacteria and other microorganisms that help us digest food and absorb nutrients. The consequences of damaged flora can mean stomach issues and various other diseases that can put your baby in danger. You should choose a pediatrician that is in line with your philosophy on taking medications and treatments, so you are both on the same page when it comes to seeing to your child’s health.

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2. What is the pediatrician’s stance on breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding your baby is not an easy job in the beginning and having helpful healthcare experts available to motivate you will make it a more pleasant experience. Doctors often support the method of breastfeeding, but some may encourage supplementation if the weight of baby is getting low in the first week.

If you believe in the natural method of breastfeeding your baby, then you should find a pediatrician who will help the baby to gain his/her birth weight back in the first few weeks without immediately suggesting alternative supplementation. Breastfeeding is a sensitive topic with many new mums, and it’s perfectly within your right to know what you want to do.

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3. What is the pediatrician’s position on co-sleeping?

Many mainstream doctors don’t encourage the method of co-sleep or sharing of bed because of recognized threats of unexpected infant death. It has been experienced in many cultures that safe co-sleeping will not put your infant in danger. If you want to protect your child from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), then you need to be able to talk to your doctor about safe methods for co-sleeping.

Your pediatrician is someone you should be able to trust. It is a good idea to interview your pediatrician before hiring. What other questions do you find useful to as before choosing a pediatrician?

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