Pediatrician: Babies Are Us
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2015 there were almost 4 million babies born in the U.S. In fact, there are 62.5 births per 1,000 women in childbearing ages (15 to 44). With all these babies being born every year, you need a good doctor to keep them all healthy. A pediatrician is a medical practitioner that specializes in children and their diseases. The American Academy of Pediatrics states 91,915 people in the U.S. are certified pediatricians as of data collected from 2011. There are many to choose from, and it’s important to find a pediatrician you trust for the health of your child.
Pediatrician: Where to Start
Newborn babies go for check-ups after birth 8 – 10 times for the first year. It’s important to find a pediatrician you like and trust. As the relationship deepens, it is easier for a pediatrician to recognize abnormalities. The best time to find a pediatrician is when you are 25-30 weeks pregnant. If you are new to an area, or have decided to transition care of your child, it is still good to meet with the doctor before you commit. While one person may love them, we all connect differently.
Keep This In Mind
The two most important factors in working with your pediatrician are keeping your child healthy and their contribution to supporting how you choose to care for your child. Find a pediatrician that supports your decisions on breastfeeding, vaccines, discipline, medicines, and other areas. You want to feel comfortable discussing your decisions or questions.
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