Picking a pediatrician can be hard for new parents, and there are a lot of pediatricians in Augusta, GA, to choose from. You may be tempted to just choose the closest or the first one you see, but how can you know that you’re getting the best care for your child?
At Pediatric Partners of Augusta, we know how important quality pediatric care is, so we’ve compiled a list of five, easy-to-follow steps on how to pick the best pediatrician for your child.
Meeting and getting to know other new parents can be helpful for several reasons, and one of them is finding out what has and hasn’t worked for their family. Ask some of your friends which local pediatricians they prefer and what they like about them.
Do Your Research
The internet is a wonderful tool. Do some digging to find out more about pediatricians in your area: how long they’ve been practicing, what types of practices they’ve worked at, and if they are up-to-date with current practices. It is also a good idea to check to see if the doctor is accepting new patients.
Schedule a “Get-to-Know-You” Visit
Many pediatricians offer free consultations to see if they “click” with you and your child. This is a very important step because no matter how perfect a pediatrician may appear on paper, you never know if the fit will be right until you meet them in person. You and your child should feel comfortable working with the doctor.
No two parents are exactly the same, which means that everyone has a different approach to what is the “right” way to care for their child. For example, some parents believe that infants learning how to sleep on their own should be left to “cry it out” until they fall asleep, while other parents believe in a “zero tears” approach. It’s important that you and your pediatrician can work as a team to provide the best care for your baby.
Figure Out the Logistics
Find out if the pediatrician’s office hours work with your schedule and which insurance they accept. It’s always good to find these things out in advance to prevent issues later down the line.
Another important issue is location. You will want to search for accessible, local pediatricians. Long car rides are not ideal for a sick child or parents of a sick child. On top of that, newborns will go to the doctor at least six times in the first year alone, so you will want to find a pediatrician who is close enough to your home to not cause a strain. If you live in Augusta, GA, then finding a pediatrician in Augusta, GA, is important if possible.
We now have three locations to better serve our patients. The Evans office is located at 411 Town Park Blvd., the downtown Augusta office is located at 1303 D’Antignac Street, Suite 2600, and the new Grovetown office is located at 5135 Wrightsboro Road. For more information about Pediatric Partners, please feel free to call the office at 706-854-2500, visit pedpartners.com, or follow the Pediatric Partners of Augusta Facebook page.