One of the most important decisions you'll make about your baby's health is selecting his or her doctor. It's important to find a doctor you feel comfortable with -- someone whom you can talk to and who is willing to answer your questions. After all, you will turn to this doctor for help often, and even when your baby is healthy you'll be making regular visits. In the following pages you'll learn who the different doctors are, how they care for your baby, and how to pick the one that's right for you.
- Infant Healthcare Providers
There are two main types of doctors who specialize in infant care: pediatricians and family practitioners. In addition to choosing between them, you'll also be choosing from among different settings for your child's health care. Find out how these two types differ from each other and from other healthcare professionals.
- Choosing an Infant Healthcare Provider
Before you settle on a doctor, you'll want to know about his or her style, if he or she can work on your schedule, and who serves as backup if the doctor can't be reached, among other things. This page gives you many good questions to ask during your interviews with potential doctors for your baby.
- Well-Baby Care
Once you've chosen the right person, he or she will want to see your baby often. During the first couple years of life, even visits for regular checkups are frequent. The doctor will want to check your baby's eyes, ears, nose, vital organs, arms and legs, and other things for normal development. On this page, you'll learn how often you can expect to see the doctor, and what to expect at these visits.