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Visiting the Pediatrician

The Good-Patient Guide

One of the people you'll rely on most during your baby's first year is your pediatrician. Follow these tips to keep her happy to see you -- again and again.

  • Treat the office staff and nurses with as much respect as you do the doctor. Word gets around.
  • Schedule enough time for the appointment. If you have special concerns to discuss, let the receptionist know.
  • Take along a list of questions and show it to your pediatrician at the beginning of your appointment -- don't wait until she's walking out the door to mention your biggest worries.
  • Show trust in your doctor's judgment. Remember that medicine, like parenting, is not an exact science.

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