Choosing Your Pediatrician

The closer you come to your due date, the more advice you will be getting. You will also be a bundle of nerves and would have prepared all your last minute questions that you would need to ask your doctor. This is a good time to ask about your baby’s paediatrician.

If you have friends and relatives
who have recently had babies; then ask them about their paediatrician. Choose a paediatrician who lives close to your home and is on call twenty four hours a day.

Also make sure that he makes house visits. Your paediatrician will be there at the time of your delivery and will look after your baby till he or she turns ten.  Once you deliver your baby; the role of the gynaecologist ends and the role of the paediatrician will begin. You need to have a good rapport with your paediatrician.

If you do not know of any good paediatrician then ask the gynaecologist to suggest one for you. However if for some reason you are not comfortable with the paediatrician then it is a good idea to find a new one since there is going to be a long term relation with you, the baby and the paediatrician.

The paediatrician will also explain to you how to hold and feed the baby and will advice you on how many feeds you need to give.  Initially he will also examine your breasts to see if you are getting enough milk and if the baby is suckling well. He will regularly monitor the weight of your baby and will give the child all the necessary inoculations.

If you have already decided on a paediatrician then it is necessary to inform your gynaecologist and hospital about this and give them the name and number so that they can call him when you come for your delivery. Ask the paediatrician in advance how much he will charge to be present at the time of the delivery.

The paediatrician you choose is most likely going to be the same for your second delivery, so make sure you choose a good one, especially one that you are comfortable with.