Choosing a pediatrician

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Some of the things you might want to think about when you select a pediatrician is location, location, location. I think the most important advice I give people is do not select a pediatrician that is more than 20 minutes from your house, no matter if it´s by train, plane, automobile. You will be going there when your baby. For their first two years, I think you go maybe once a month and then if they are sick, more. So I would have to say I made this mistake and I fixed it on my third child, but I had many a times where I was in an hour to get my child´s ears checked when they were screaming in the back of my car and one of them falls asleep and misses their nap and all those things. So I think location is the most important thing. And after that, I don´t know if a lot of people realize but your OB, the person who delivers your baby, they have usually a group of people that they recommend for pediatrician depending on what type of doctor you are looking for, be it maybe someone who is a little more holistic or part of a big practice or a single practitioner. So you need to kind of think about what you are looking for. If you are somebody who does not believe in vaccinations, then you should probably find a doctor like that. And all pediatricians do interviews. They carve out a certain amount of time in their day or their week where they allow you to interview them. And you should feel free to ask them whatever you feel is important and you should take cues from their mannerisms to see if that is somebody you are going to want to go through the long haul with, is that a doctor who is going to be patient with you. If you ask a lot of questions, are they already annoyed with you? So there are a lot of things you can pick up when you do the interview. But I would have to say that location is probably the most important thing.

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Linda Meadow is the founder and editor of gurumommy.com and is also the author of the City Baby L.A. series, which already is in its 3rd edition.  Linda started her career as an attorney, and after having her 3 children decided to recharge her career as an author and 'expert' mommy, advising parents in Los Angeles and beyond!  Linda has been featured as a style, parenting and travel contributor in InStyle, US Weekly, Cookie, People Magazine and online at modernmom.com, havefamilywilltravel.com, momlogic.com, jenandbarbmomslife.com and mommytracked.com. Linda is also a marketing consultant specializing in social media, mobile applications and e-commerce for several online sale sites.  

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