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5 Signs You Need to Break-Up with Your Pediatrician

By Meredith Carroll |

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You are not married to your pediatrician, which means divorce shouldn't be a big deal if it's not working out

Besides your baby and significant other, one of the most important relationships in your life should be with your pediatrician. Since you probably don’t have a medical degree, you need someone whom you trust implicitly to care wisely and compassionately for your offspring.

But not every doctor is for every baby (or parent). And there are plenty of reasons why a doctor could a bad fit for your family, including if he or she is “overworked, bored or burned out.” The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to “go with your gut reaction,” according to “If you don’t feel good about a physician, go somewhere else. Remember that your best friend’s doctor may not be right for you and your family.”

Here are 5 signs it’s time to find a new pediatrician:


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Don't take chances with your baby's doctor


Your baby’s pediatrician isn’t a family member. They see babies all day long, so if they don’t oooh and aaah at how cute yours is, don’t take it personally. At the same time, if your pediatrician doesn’t seem to connect on any kind of an emotional level with you and your baby and can’t manage to exude a little empathy or just comes across as cold and uncaring, it’s probably not a good match. A pediatrician shouldn’t act like you’re a stranger every time you come into the office or brush off your concerns or your baby’s reactions to anything.

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “5 Signs You Need to Break-Up with Your Pediatrician

  1. Meagan says:

    A note on the “uneducated” point. Yes, it MIGHT be that they aren’t keeping up on current medical breakthroughs, or it COULD just be that the medical breakthrough was some bored or stupid journalist misrepresenting a 10 year old study as “news.”

  2. casey says:

    I just switched to a different pediatrician in the same practice. I kept bringing up my daughter’s breathing and snoring and she would just brush it off. This went on for two years. Then my daughter got strep twice in 6 months and we had to see a different pediatrician….she had strep before this too. They had a new pediatrician join the practice and we had to see her b/c she was the doc on duty. She noticed my daughter’s breathing right away and asked if she always sounded like that and asked if she snored. When I said yes,she said she didn’t like the sound of her breathing and sent her for x-rays immediately. When she got the results she said her adenoids were huge and partially blocking her airway and they needed to come out ASAP,which had been my concern all along. Our usual pediatrician just would never listen to me. After that,I switched to this new pediatrician and I love her. She actually listens to me.

  3. Deana says:

    My daughter’s first pediatrician (who came highly recommended), consistently brushed off my concerns about my daughter’s slow motor development because “all kids develop at different rates”, and ignored my request to have her unusual looking pinky toe x-rayed, and ignored me when I told him that her legs appeared slightly different in length. Turns out – she is autistic and has a global developmental delay. She also had a tethered spinal cord, which caused underdeveloped heel cords and an extra toe bone pushing on her foot and spreading the bones apart. What are some of the markers for this spinal cord defect? Legs of varying length, foot / toe abnormalities, like an extra toe digit. Had he only listened to me and performed the x-ray I requested, this birth defect would have been found and her legs and feet could have been surgically corrected MUCH earlier, preventing some of her struggles in bearing her weight and walking. It was his nurse practitioner who actually heard me and got the ball rolling with a developmental assessment. He is one of the top pediatricians in our area. Apparently he knows it and is too arrogant to be bothered my the ignorant parents.

  4. CMDJsMommy says:

    We are using the pediatrician I saw as a child, and I loved him… as a patient. Now as a parent, not so much. I feel like he makes me feel stupid for bringing up things I’ve asked about before, like DS’s pickiness (we’re talking severe and at only 15 mo). I’ve been thinking about changing pedis before his 15mo appt, and this article may have given me the courage to finally do it.

  5. Stephanie says:

    My son is allergic to both milk and soy formula. In the hospital he had an allergic reaction to the milk based formula, I asked the nurse if we could switch to the soy based and she gave me no problem. After getting home he started having an even worse reaction to the soy based formula. His face was all red, spotted and swollen, he screamed in pain whenever he pooped. he had terrible tummy aches and had difficulty finishing bottles. this was my 3rd baby, my second oldest had formula allergies too, so i knew thats what it was. I took him to 3 different doctors who refused to even consider that he had an allergy. they all said he just had a mild case of baby acne. one even had the nerve to say he cried when he pooped because he has no stomach muscles and if she had her way he wouldn’t even be on the soy! It’s the parent’s choice to change their child’s formula, but we are on the WIC program (which requires you to have a doctor’s note) with a military enlistee’s salary. We had to buy a few cans of our own and finally, the 4th dr we took him to wrote us a note for WIC after seeing the difference in results. the fact that none of the other dr.s were even willing to try it makes them negligent and incompetent. Seems like any bozo can become a dr now a day

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