30 Questions You Should Ask Your Pediatrician

When searching for a pediatrician, there are specific questions you should ask to make sure you know everything you need to know about the doctor to ensure you’re getting the best care for your child. The questions may vary by individual, but here is a list of 30 questions you’ll want to make sure you have the answers to before deciding on a pediatrician.

General Questions to Ask Your Child’s Doctor

  1. How long have you been in practice, and are you board certified?
  2. What is your childcare philosophy?
  3. How long do typical check-ups last?
  4. What are your office hours?
  5. How do you handle patient emergencies?
  6. Do you have a call-in policy?
  7. Do you accept my insurance?
  8. Do you accept a variety of plans in case my health coverage changes?
  9. Do you have payment plans available if I’m not covered?
  10. What are the typical costs of care?
  11. What if I need help after office hours? 
  12. Which supplements do you recommend for children?
  13. Are there any parenting books you recommend?
  14. What specialists do you work with?
  15. Are you affiliated with a hospital?
  16. Are you a pediatric generalist, or do you have a subspecialty?
  17. What is your policy on prescribing children antibiotics?
  18. Do you offer early, late, and weekend appointments?
  19. Do you offer call-in hours, or does your office field calls after hours?
  20. Will I be able to get a same-day appointment if my child is sick?

Questions to Ask Pertaining to Age

2 to 4 years

Preschoolers develop rapidly and it can be confusing for parents to know which behaviors are normal and which are causes for concern. Here are some questions to ask if you have a preschooler.

  1. What techniques do you recommend for potty training?
  2. What are normal speech development patterns for toddlers?
  3. What are the important milestones for this age group?
  4. What might be causing my child’s disobedient behavior?
  5. What are the best ways to discipline preschoolers?

5 to 10 years

Early school-age kids face challenges in their new classroom environment as they develop friendships and deeper understanding of the world. Ask your doctor about their development.

  1. When should I be concerned that certain behaviors may be a sign of ADHD?
  2. How much physical fitness activity should my child be getting each day?
  3. How should I address questions about reproduction?
  4. How should I discourage my child from deceitful behavior?
  5. Is it normal for children this age to confuse numbers and letters?

Starting an open and honest dialogue with your child’s doctor will lead to better care in the long term and give you peace of mind in the short term. Dr. David Smith is the pediatrician on staff here at PrairieStar Health Center and is currently accepting new patients. Call 620.663.8484 to schedule an appointment today.