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Old 07-04-2012, 12:19 AM   #49
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Re: Would it make a difference to you? (picking a pediatrician)

Personality is my first line of screening. I want a ped who makes an effort to talk to my kids, know their names, and make them feel comfortable going to the dr. I only saw our first ped twice before I switched because he didn't acknowledge my ds the whole appointment. Yes he was only an infant, but no hi, or smile or anything. Just business. That didn't work for me. 2nd most important is I feel free to ask questions and clarify anything I don't understand. I like our docs manner... Even if he already knows what he wants to do, he talks us through the options and makes us feel like it was our idea. this works for me.
I do think it's important to be able to get same day appointments. This is another reason I love our ped. He has a policy of seeing any sick baby. This means he is often running way Kate for appointments, but I'm willing to accept that knowing when my kid is sick he's the one that will get squeezed in.
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