The obvious answer to the above title is when your baby is sick -- but there are better and worse...
The obvious answer to the above title is when your baby is sick -- but there are better and worse times to try to get your baby in.
- NEVER make appointments for basic check-ups on Mondays and Fridays. Babies get sick on the weekends and then worried parents rush them in on Monday. On the other side parents want healthy kids over the weekend so they also rush them in Fridays before the office closes for the weekend. Only schedule appointments on these two days if your baby is really sick.
- Use your nurse phone hotline. Many doctors, health care plans, and hospitals now provide around the clock nurse advice by phone. If your little is sick, but not too sick consider calling in for advice. If all you need to do is push fluids a nurse can tell you that. A trip to the doctors office should be avoided when possible. Besides wasting time, your baby can actually pick up germs there.
- Weekdays from 2pm to 6pm is traditionally a busy time because that's when sick school kids show up.
- Morning appointments traditionally tend to go quicker and happen faster than afternoon appointments. I always try for the 8am slots. It's worth it to get Cedar up extra early to avoid the late in the day lag behind appointments.