Bringing your preemie can be an anxious and stressful time. However, it is very important to find a pediatrician that you are comfortable with and feel good about. Here are a few tips:
*Ask your NICU doctor or nurses for recommendations. Our NICU doctor was able to suggest someone that was currently taking new preemie patients.
* Your OB/GYN may be able to recommend someone as well.
* Visit several pediatrician offices in your area and check them out. Be sure to ask questions!
-Do they have separate waiting areas for sick patients and well patients? If they do, it may help keep your preemie from getting ill when visiting the office since their immune system is under developed.
-Will your child see the same doctor at each visit? If the office has more than one professional that sees patients, you may be able to request that your child only seen by one doctor. ( I did this with my child! That way I had one person that was familiar with her and your needs.)
- Do they have after hours on call or answering services? How long will it take to get a response from the office in case of an after hour problem or emergency?
-Does the office provide referrals for early intervention programs or specialist when needed?
You must feel comfortable with the pediatrician office you select. Be sure that you feel comfortable asking questions and comfortable that your concerns will be listened to. You are the one that will see your child day in and day out. You are your child's best advocate!