Author, Jennifer Trachtenberg joins us to go over the best ways to get you and your kids through checkups, illnesses, and accidents.
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Audra Lowe: Making healthcare decisions for your child can really be overwhelming, especially with all the conflicting information out there on the internet. Well, you’ve seen her before. She’s a Pediatrician and author of “The Smart Parent’s Guide: Getting Your Kids through Checkups, Illnesses and Accidents.” Doctor Jennifer Trachtenberg is here, my favorite person in the whole wide world, especially right now. She’s here to help the parents make the right decisions when it comes to those checkups and other medical issues. Good to have you back. Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg: Thanks for having me. Audra Lowe: Good to see you. It’s so tough when you’re trying to find the right doctor because you already as a woman, you’re trying to find the right doctor for you when you’re going through your pregnancy, now you got to find a pediatrician. What should you really be thinking off when you’re looking for a doctor and how soon should you start looking? Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg: It really should be a priority because the pediatrician or your healthcare provider can really help you, not just when your child is sick but also at other parenting issues as well too. So, you really want to find one that you kind of connect with. Start as early as possible, even in your second trimester before you even have the baby, you’re kind of feeling better then. A great way to start is by asking recommendations from friends and family members. See what they like about their doctors then you also want to delve a little further. Find out what they did not like about their doctors and then have to think of what your priorities are too. Audra Lowe: Because it can take some time. People don’t realize that it doesn’t happen overnight to find a good pediatrician too, right? Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg: Exactly, you got to really do your homework. Audra Lowe: You also have something you call “meet and greet.” There are certain things that you should do when you do finally start interviewing or meeting that pediatrician. Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg: Yeah, I think it’s really important to have a meet and greet and that’s when you go to the doctor’s office and you sit down and you speak with them but I have a couple of tips to make that even a better experience and delve in and get some more information. Come early and seat in the waiting room for a while. Audra Lowe: Check the things out, right? Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg: Check things out. See if you feel comfortable there, if you can see bringing your child there. Look at the interaction between the staff and the doctors and also, the staff and the patients that are there and a great little insiders tip is to speak with other parents that are there. Estimate how long the real wait time is and really, if it’s more than 20 minutes or so, in my opinion, that’s too long if you have a child to be waiting. Audra Lowe: Interesting and then also, the Office Manager is a good resource too. I didn’t even think about this. Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg: Yes. Audra Lowe: You’ve got some tips for that too. Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg: Yes, exactly. Make an appointment also to speak with the Office Manager. They know the behind the scenes about the doctors. They can tell you about their credentialing, even things like how much vacation they have because obviously, your doctors needs some time-off but you want them there as much as possible, so you can see them. Also, they’ll give you other information about extra office hours if you’re a working parent. Are they open late? Or will your doctor come in early in the morning to see, those are all important things. Audra Lowe: When you finally do get to meet the doctor, you have to interview them and you really want to find out what their philosophy is on a lot of different areas. Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg: Yes, as I said, you want to make sure that you sit down, you feel comfortable, ask them about their philosophies on child’s reading, rearing, vaccinations and you also really again want