Can we switch pediatricians?
Finding a pediatrician you trust is important for the health of your child and family. Learn more from Mirella Alexis about what to look for in your pediatrician and how to switch to a new one.
We aren’t quite happy with our pediatrician. It seems we don’t quite align in our values, and at times I don’t feel that my concerns are heard. Is it appropriate to switch to a new pediatrician, and what tips might be useful in helping us find one that meets our needs?
This is such an important question! If you feel that you are not on the same page as your pediatrician, it is always okay to get a second opinion. And if you feel like your pediatrician does not listen to your concerns, then it is likely time to find a different one who does. Before you decide to switch, however, make sure to voice your concerns and establish open communication with your pediatrician about what you are looking for. Pediatricians are not mindreaders, and this can help get you on the same page. And as professionals, they may prefer to hear directly from you what the issue is so they can try to adjust their behavior. If this still doesn’t seem to be a good fit, then we suggest moving on to a new pediatrician who will listen to your needs and concerns.
When looking for a pediatrician, you may want to ask for recommendations from family and friends. Sometimes finding the right one is a matter of word-of-mouth, so start asking around. Or search within your health care network and begin making some calls. When you meet with a pediatrician to assess if they are a good fit for you, ask questions. Lots of questions! Some you may consider are below.
- Do you accept my insurance?
- Are you open during non-traditional work hours?
- How long have you been practicing?
- Do you offer same-day appointments?
- What is your cancelation policy?
- What is your philosophy around caring for children?
- Do you provide guidance on positive parenting strategies?
- Do you have experience in or provide supports for children’s behavioral development?
- Are you a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics?
We suggest preparing questions in advance that relate to the specific needs of your baby and family. And as you meet new pediatricians, it is also worth discussing the issue you were having with your previous pediatrician so they are aware and can take active steps to make you feel comfortable and heard during your visit.
Remember, when looking for a pediatrician, a lot comes into play. Many families like to find the nearest pediatrician, which can be helpful, but this can also be a compromise. Finding a pediatrician who is board certified in pediatrics, up-to-date on children’s medicine, continues their education, and advocates children and families in a wide range of scenarios is a good place to start. Then it’s about your families’ specific needs, like needing a specialist of some sort or in an area of expertise to serve your family’s medical needs best.
In the end, don’t feel guilty about changing pediatricians. You want to find the perfect match for your family’s needs. After all, you know your baby best and only want what’s best for them. Please reach out if you have any other questions. We’re here for you.
Meet The Expert
Mirella has been a family and childcare advocate for nearly two decades. With her bachelor’s degree in early childcare education, Mirella immediately started expanding her portfolio as a professional nanny, early childhood educator, and newborn care specialist. She later obtained her certification in child nutrition, positive discipline, and child abuse prevention. She expanded her professional reach more in 2016 by taking on the role of labor and postpartum doula. In 2020, Mirella became the Vice President of The Nanny Sitter Fund. She’s excited to be bringing her passion for childcare to the masses, making child welfare everyone’s responsibility. Learn more about her at MirellaAlexis.com