Choosing a Pediatrician

Pediatricians affiliated with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital provide expert care, knowledge and understanding of children’s health needs beginning in infancy. They, along with nurses, social workers and other experts, form a staff that is world-renowned for pediatric medicine.

Because a pediatrician specializes in the care and development of children, he or she will become a very important person in your and your baby’s life for many years.

It is important to feel confident in his or her abilities.

A pediatrician is meant to be someone you can approach with any type of question—no matter how small it may seem—and call with concerns at any time.

Are you searching for a pediatrician?

During the final months of pregnancy is a good time to start looking for a pediatrician. Be sure to allow enough time to interview at least two or three pediatricians before the baby is born so you can make a wise decision. For information on a UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital pediatrician near you, call 216-UH4-KIDS (216-844-5437) or learn more online by visiting the UH Rainbow Care Network.

You can also ask friends and family members for recommendations of pediatricians.

Be sure that the pediatricians you decide to interview are covered by your medical insurance.

What to Look for in a Pediatrician

A pediatrician who is accepting new patients should be open to interviews with parents-to-be. When you arrive at the doctor’s office for the interview, pay attention to the waiting room. Is it clean? Is it child-friendly with toys, games, books and a place for sick children to rest while they wait to see the doctor?

The pediatrician should take enough time to talk with you about his or her practice, answer all of your questions and perhaps ask a few of his or her own about you. Warmth, compassion and an open-minded attitude toward your thoughts, feelings and even fears should be traits you find in the ideal pediatrician.

When the interview is over, you should have a strong sense of a pediatrician’s manner and style of practice. This in turn will help you make a good decision on a pediatrician for your baby.

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