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How can I find the right pediatrician for my baby?

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Experts say it's a good idea to actively look for a pediatrician who is not only competent but is agreeable to you. After all, this person will be your health care soul mate -- the one who will patiently answer when your little one has a high fever and won't stop crying. You'll need to feel comfortable enough with this doctor to discuss your kid's ailments, immunizations, thumb sucking, bed-wetting, and developmental changes during puberty.

From: Shopping for a Pediatrician WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Philip Itkin, MD, FAAP, pediatrician, Omaha Children's Clinic. Lilybell Nakamura. A. Todd Davis, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Lynette Ursal.


Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

SOURCES: Philip Itkin, MD, FAAP, pediatrician, Omaha Children's Clinic. Lilybell Nakamura. A. Todd Davis, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Lynette Ursal.


Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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