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I need some help. My DH and I are going for a consultation with a Pediatrician tomorrow. This being our first, I'm not sure what to ask or say. Can you guys give me an idea of what to ask him?

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Hmmm. If you have a particular opinion on baby schedules, vaccines, etc. you probably want to ask him about that. It will give you an overall feel for how he will respond to things. One thing I love about my Pedi is, even if he doesn't agree with the decisions we make about certain things (for instance, he's big on feeding schedules from the beginning- I am a routine person, but let baby decide the routine), if I tell him, "I researched this and I feel this is best for us," he doesn't try to persuade me otherwise. Although he will say he doesn't agree, he won't make a big deal of it and it doesn't make our relationship tense.
You want to be able to discuss things with him, not just have someone who tells you, "You HAVE to do things this way because I am the Dr."

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I agree w Beth, also maybe late/wknd hour policies? How he handles antibiotics (like how frequent...we have in our practice one who is med happy and another who never prescribes so I avoid them both lol).
Are there multiple docs/np's in practice? I like that there are a couple in ours and i have my faves Smile

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Also ask about after hours or emergencies. For example, my ped. is part of a group and if for whatever reason baby or kid was sick and doctor our ped didn't have an opening, one of the other doctors would see us. They also have an after hours on Saturday. They also have an after hours nurses line where I can call and leave a message and generally within 20 minutes a nurse from the children's hospital calls me back. It's very convenient.

If you're going to BF, make sure they are on board with that (most are). I'll try and think of more.

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I don't remember what we asked, but I do know that I googled it!

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I agree with Beth as well... our pediatrician agrees with our parenting on everything but co-sleeping. Are you planning on having your baby vaccinated? Our pedi. isn't med. happy but some are so I would ask about that as well. And their office hours. So yeah, everything that was mentioned. Also, something i didn't think of until recently. We had a male pedi. with our son and used the same with our daughter and now that she's getting older, I'm noticing she is more comfortable with the female pedi. in the practice so i'm switching her to that doctor for her well-visits and keeping my boys with the male.

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I think most concerns have been mentioned by pp.

Vaccines, medications are definitely a big issue. Also finding out about who to contact in emergencies or if you need to get in ASAP. I think the BIGGEST issue is making sure YOU and DH/SO are comfortable with them and you can TALK with them. If all they are going to do is lecture you, I would say no thanks and keep looking.

I grew up in a family where the "doctor knew best" and you didnt question. When I hit my 20s and started to question things and he treated me like CRAP, I left him and found our family doc now - hes wonderful and will look into things for me and entertain new ideas and give pros and cons and let us make the decision. (unless theres a medical necessity to do something obviously, he wont let us endanger ourselves or our kids). I really recommend you find someone you can talk to and are comfortable with. If it takes time to find this person, its definitely worth it.

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Thanks you guys. This gives us a lot to go on.

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also, i can't remember if you're going to BF or not, but ask if they're supportive of it. if they're not and you have any issues at all they'll try to force formula on it or try to make you feel bad.
We also did delayed shots, wanted their little bodies have a chance to get established first and our pedi was fine with that because it was delayed and not not given. if that makes sense.

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Kerri, how did it go? did you like him/her?

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So sorry, I almost forgot to post! We love him!! I was surprised DH walked out and said, "I am very comfortable with him. I really like him."

When we were called back, he met us at the door. He told us the vaccanation schedule. He also said he doesn't feel that babies need the Hep B vaccine. He does not like to drug baby up with medication. He said if we research anything and feel that's the route we want to go, then we can all discuss, but in the end we are the parents, we make the decision.

He's nurses have been with him for over 10 years, so if we don't talk to him, we can talk to the and they will usually have the answer. But if they don' they will go to him. If he isn't available then we can see another doctor in the practice (there are 6). He said if we choose that practice then he would have us meet each one so we were comfortable witht hem.

He said he can wait to see Lizzie fo 10-14 days after delivery, if she is healthy. He answered all our questions and gave us a ton of information. I am very happy with him.

They also have after hours and are available Saturday mornings. He said that they have access to our charts electronically, which he realizes some people do not like, but it makes it easier for the doctor on call to get our child well.

Thanks for all your help guys! I appreciate it.

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Yay! So glad it worked out well!