How Can I Find a Pediatrician in Frisco, TX
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Table of Contents:
What is the difference between a pediatrician and a family physician?
What questions should a patient ask the pediatrician?
How do I choose a new pediatrician?
Do I need to book an appointment at Pediatric Associates of Frisco?
From the day that you know that you are pregnant, you start to make decisions that last your child’s lifetime. To make sure that your newborn has the healthiest start to life, you will want to find a pediatrician. They will care for your child from birth into their teen years.
Most pediatricians are trained to understand the needs of children and teens as they are growing. They will generally see children from birth to teen years and possibly up to 21 years of age. A family physician will look after people from newborns to seniors.
A pediatrician and a family physician will have the same number of years of training, but pediatricians specialize in children. This can give them a better understanding of a child’s needs, like behavioral issues and aspects of growth and development.
Pediatricians can complete medical school with an MD (doctor of medicine) or an OD (doctor of osteopathy). Both of these degrees train doctors to diagnose and treat diseases and methods of disease prevention.
The DO program will focus on a holistic approach. The MD approach is considered to be more traditional. All DOs and MDs need to complete a residency before they can be licensed to practice. Both of these systems offer training that makes the doctors equally qualified and it is up to you to decide which you prefer.
Choosing the right pediatrician is very important. You want your child cared for in the best way possible to grow up healthy and happy. Most pediatricians will set up specific times when expecting parents can visit. Call the doctor’s office to set up an appointment to do this.
Here are some questions to ask a potential doctor:
What are the office hours? Do these times work for you?
Does the physician work alone, or are they a part of a practice that has other doctors and nurses who work there? If they work alone or at a clinic, you may want to ask who will see your child if the doctor isn’t available.
Is the doctor connected to a pediatric hospital?
How does the doctor handle phone calls? Does the doctor take them? Does a nurse on staff take them? Is there a telemedicine option? If you need to leave a message, how long will it take to be returned?
Does the doctor prefer to answer emails instead of phone calls?
What kind of online access is there to the doctor and health records?
What happens if your child has an emergency; how is it handled?
How much do the services cost? Can you pay overtime? Do they work with your insurance provider?
If specialized care is needed, how does the doctor decide what is right?
If there are other concerns, make a list and have them ready. Choosing the right pediatrician is important.
Choosing a new pediatrician will depend on a number of factors. Do you feel comfortable with the doctor? Have they answered your questions in a way that makes you feel comfortable?
After you have had a chance to talk to the doctor and other staff if they are present, do you feel that you can work with them? Do the doctor and staff explain things in a way that you can understand? Do you connect well with the doctor and staff?
As you have had a chance to visit the office, do you like what you see? Are the waiting room and other areas clean and comfortable?
Maybe the most important thing to keep in mind is, does the doctor share much of the same philosophy you have when comes to things like breastfeeding, and your baby’s care? Do they have a similar view on alternative medicine or antibiotics that you do?
Finding someone that you feel comfortable working with is extremely important.
It is a good idea to book an appointment to make sure that the doctor has the dedicated time for you. You can do that by calling the office of Pediatric Associates of Frisco or you can submit a request online for an appointment. We serve patients from Frisco TX, Little Elm TX, The Colony TX, McKinney TX, Prosper TX, Aubrey TX, Oak Point TX, Lakewood Village TX, Plano TX, and Dallas TX.