I was lucky. When Cedar was little we lived in a very small town in Humboldt, California. We went to...
I was lucky. When Cedar was little we lived in a very small town in Humboldt, California. We went to a good old hometown clinic and we had a small town pediatrician who gave us unlimited attention and Cedar just loved her. When we moved to a big city when Cedar was four we were in for a shock. Not all pediatricians stack up. Here's when you should think about switching.
- Your babe's pediatrician is always late or running behind.
- He fails to give your baby his full attention. Look for classic signs of wandering pediatrician mind -- checking his watch or the clock constantly, not looking you in the eye, rushing through the exam, and just a general feeling of disinterest. Even busy pediatricians should seem interested in your baby and give full attention during appointments.
- You feel rushed and never get to ask all the questions you have.
- The pediatrician never asks if you have questions or fails to discuss age milestones at appointments -- such as what your baby should be doing at five months.
- You call the clinic and it takes forever to hear back (if you hear back at all). Be sure that in a pinch you can get through to a live person with advice. If you can't you'll be calling the hospital when you don't need to or spend a lot of time worrying. The best pediatricians have advice nurses on call 24/7.