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How to Choose a Pediatrician: 5 Things to Consider

How to Choose a Pediatrician: 5 Things to Consider

When it comes to your children’s health, one of the most important things you can do is to choose a good pediatrician. Choosing the right pediatrician can be difficult, especially if you plan on staying with the same one as your child grows up. 

Sima Stein, MD, in the Bay Area, San Jose, California, works with people up to 21 years old to provide the best medical attention. Keep reading to learn what you should consider when choosing a pediatrician. 

1. Convenient location

When you choose a pediatrician, you want to find one that is in a convenient location for you. Babies need to be seen by their pediatrician every 2-3 months, and younger school-aged children need frequent visits also. 

Choosing a pediatrician near you will make it easier to visit regularly and save you time. 

2. Are they board-certified?

All pediatricians must undergo medical school, receive state licensing, and complete a residency program, but only some are board certified. Board certification is an optional choice that provides additional training and an examination. 

They can join the American Board of Pediatrics if they pass the examination. You should always try to find a pediatrician that is board certified. Dr. Shein is board certified and always provides the highest care possible to each patient. 

3. How does their office operate?

Pediatricians run their offices differently, and finding one that aligns with your needs is important. Ask how their office hours work and whether they offer weekend and evening hours or pediatric urgent care. You should ask if they provide last-minute or same-day appointments when an accident or sudden illness occurs.

4. What was the first visit like?

When you first visit, consider how the pediatrician interacts with your child or newborn. You want a pediatrician who’ll interact carefully with your child and treat any unique issues they may have. 

If you don’t feel comfortable after the visit, you should consider a different pediatrician. Dr. Shein and her team have worked with children for many years and always take their time to learn and work with your child's needs. 

5. Do family or friends recommend them?

While online reviews and testimonials are important, you should also ask your family and friends if there are any pediatricians they recommend. If they have had great experiences, you will also have a good chance. 

If you are looking for a pediatrician for your baby or child, Dr. Shein in the Bay Area, San Jose, California, can provide the care and attention they require. Contact us today or schedule an appointment online to keep your child healthy. 

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