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Why is it important to interview my child's pediatrician?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Ultimately, your goal during the doc interview is to feel a connection on a personal level. You're trusting this person to care for your little chickadee, and you want to feel that the doc is warm, smart, and really cares for kids -- especially your kid. It may be important to you that she be a leader in the field; then again, brilliant with no bedside manner may not cut it for you. Since it's a doc's job to give advice, many dislike it when you don't take the advice they give. For example, a pediatrician may say, "Absolutely no pacifiers!" If that's something you cannot deal with, move on and find another doc.
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