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How to Change Pediatricians

Laura Moss

5 Signs it’s Time to Switch

1. You can’t get a word in edgewise. If your pediatrician runs the show at your visits and you don’t have time to ask the questions you came with or respond to what she’s saying and ask follow-ups, “that a real red flag,” says Dr. Swanson. As your child’s advocate, you need to know that your concerns are heard and addressed.

2. Your doctor doesn’t follow through. If your pediatrician says they will do something (like call you back in two days, for instance), and they don’t, it’s a sign the office is overwhelmed and not looking out for your best interests. You are going to follow through on the directions they give you, and, in turn, you should expect the office to make good on the promises made to you.

3. Your doctor is a pushover. The whole reason you go to a doctor is “to have access to science and data that you wouldn’t have without going to medical school and through residency,” says Dr. Swanson. So if you head to your doctor’s office dead-set against a vaccine, it’s his responsibility to fill you in on why that may not be the best choice for your child. A doctor who just caves to your desires does not have your child’s best interest in mind. “Your doctor should have opinions,” says Dr. Swanson, “he just shouldn’t be paternalistic about them. He should be able to come together with a parent and elegantly come up with a plan that makes the most sense for your child.”