Switching your child’s pediatrician isn’t something you ever think you’ll have to do, but sometimes you have no other choice. If you’ve been wondering whether or not you are overreacting, today I am sharing some of the most common reasons that you may want to actually switch your child’s pediatrician.
I still remember the day after I was told my oldest son had a heart murmur. I had called his doctor and tried to get an appointment, but they totally blew me off and it wasn’t the first time. The soonest they would even think to see my son was weeks later. Of course, I was terrified. My family has heart problems and I had no idea if a heart murmur was something bad or if my son was okay.
It was literally that day, I decided I had had enough. The doctor’s office clearly did not care about me or my child’s problems, so I called another doctor’s office and they got my son in within the next hour.
Turns out, I really didn’t have anything to worry about, but my son still needed to see a pediatric cardiologist. He was eventually diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve, but he was fine and I was finally able to rest easy. Had his original doctor bothered to care, I probably wouldn’t have changed doctors, but when it comes to your child, you should feel confident knowing that they are getting the care they need.
Unfortunately, many parents think all doctors are the same. They don’t ask more questions – in fear of the doctor, and they often push aside those feelings that something isn’t right. This is never something you should feel you have to do. Your child’s doctor should listen to every question and answer it – no matter how silly it sounds.
That’s why I am sharing reasons you may want to actually switch your child’s pediatrician.
When Should You Switch Your Child’s Pediatrician?
Your Child’s Pediatrician Orders Test, But Never Follow Through
I can’t tell you how many times I thought I had finally found a good doctor. They would seem to care about me and order test, but that was as far as things went. When I never heard back from the doctor, I just assumed things must have been fine, so I never questioned it, but that wasn’t always the case.
When a doctor orders test, but doesn’t seem to ever get back to you with the results, whether good or bad, this should always be a red flag. Even though a doctor is busy, they should never be too busy to look at the results of the test they ordered. In fact, I personally suffered pain from gallbladder disease for years because a doctor didn’t follow through with the test they ordered me and I didn’t know any better. Don’t ever think just because a doctor ordered test and didn’t call that your results were good because this isn’t always the case.
The Pediatrician Claims Your Problems Have Nothing to do With Them
A family doctor is supposed to handle most general health issues, so if you’re complaining of an ear pain, they should be willing to at least look at your ear. If your doctor tells you they don’t know why you’re telling them about your something simple like ear pain and dismisses you, this should immediately be a red flag.
A family doctor can refer you to a specialist or order test on their own to diagnose your problems. Whenever your doctor is repeatedly brushing your symptoms off without doing anything, it’s time for a change.
They Pass Off Problems As Normal Without Even Looking
When I asked one doctor about my son’s curvy toes, he immediately brushed me off and never looked once. The next week when I changed doctors, the new doctor took concern and said it looked like my son could be a bit bow-legged. While she didn’t see the need for concern, she addressed my concerns and made sure I could rest comfortably knowing his toes were okay.
Your family doctor is getting paid. No matter how silly a question is, you should feel comfortable enough to ask them and they should at least address the issue.
They Laugh At You When You Ask Questions
This is probably the biggest red flag, but when you ask a doctor a question, you should never be laughed at. I remember once asking my child’s pediatrician about why my son never seemed to have much energy. The doctor laughed and said something along the lines that my son may just be lazy. I didn’t know any better and the doctor didn’t seem too concerned, so I thought it was fine. A while later, though, a different doctor informed us that my son had asthma.
Had that doctor actually seemed to care and not laughed us off, my son could have been getting the treatment he needed sooner. Don’t ever let a doctor make you feel silly for asking a question, after all, you only get one life to live and you want it to be a long one.
They Either Push Too Much Medicine Or Refuse To Give It, Resulting In Extra Visits to Urgent Cares
I don’t like to give my kids medicine unless they absolutely need it, so sometimes when a doctor says don’t give the medicine, I agree. But then, there are times when the doctor says my kid is absolutely fine and doesn’t need medicine and I end up at an urgent care with a kid who has the worst case of strep throat in years. When a doctor is constantly misdiagnosing earaches and strep throat, it is not only costly, but it can be very harmful.
While changing your child’s doctor may seem a bit extreme, or a bit like hard work, it is important to know that your child is getting the best care they can. If you’ve been dealing with any of the above issues with your child’s doctor, looking for a new pediatrician or talking to your current one, may not be a bad idea.
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