Do you need a doctor for your newborn, baby, or young child? Here are some questions to keep in mind before you choose one!
On National Child Health Day, we have some guidelines to make choosing your child’s doctor pain free and simple. You can help your child grow healthy and strong with healthy food, support, and by taking them for regular checkups.
Choosing your child’s primary doctor, also called a pediatrician, is an important decision. From the time your child is just a newborn, you’ll bring him or her to the doctor for regular well-child checkups. Learn what to expect at well-child visits here.
These checkups should happen at the following ages:
As you can see, your child’s doctor might be in his or her life for a long time, helping to keep your child healthy well into adolescence and beyond!
So before you decide on a pediatrician, consider the following questions. The answers to these questions can help you make the best, most informed choice possible.
Always remember that you know your child best. If the pediatrician you choose isn’t right for you and your child, talk to him or her to see whether your concerns can be addressed. If they cannot, use it as a chance to find another doctor who might be a better fit. You have options.
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