If you have a new baby on the way, you may wonder what you need to do in order to get them established with a new pediatrician. While every office has a slightly different procedure, you will need to take a few steps in order to make sure that your child is all ready to be cared for after they are born.
Talk to Your OB About Procedure
You may want to start by asking your obstetrician what the regular procedure is for enlisting the care of the pediatrician. In some states, for example, the pediatrician will perform a newborn's circumcision, while in others the OB will perform the procedure. Your OB may be able to give you more information.
Find A Pediatrician
Look around in your area for the pediatrician that you feel will take great care of your newborn. You may want to ask friends or family members or consult online reviews before making your decision. Once you have found them, you should call them to preregister your baby, and make sure that they are accepting new patients as well as your insurance. Once this is done, all you have to do is wait for your little one to make their entrance.
Pediatrician Hospital Visit
Your child's pediatrician will come to visit them in the hospital and make sure that they are healthy. The first pediatrician they see will likely be a hospital staff pediatrician who will then pass off their care to the provider you have chosen for them. Their pediatrician will be able to give you info about their size, status, and how much weight they would like to see them gain in the first few days.
First Pediatric Office Visit
Usually, within the first week of your newborn's life, their pediatrician will want to see them in the office. This appointment is important to make sure that they are getting enough nutrition, and that they are growing well. Depending on how they are eating, the physician may want to see them again within a week, or when they turn one month old.
In conclusion, it just takes a little bit of planning ahead to make sure that your new baby is ready to be properly cared for. Make sure to do your research so you know which pediatrician you want to trust with the care of your new baby. Once you have everything set up, sit back and enjoy your child!
If you have more questions about pediatric care, talk to your obstetrician or a local pediatrician.