Signs of a Good Pedia

nate-sick2Following my post on the Pedia with a Bad Hair Day,  here are some signs that you have a good pedia, according to "Is your Pediatrician Good Enough".

1.         "Doctor must return your calls promptly."  Our official pedia always, answers and returns my phone calls, regardless of the time of the day.

2.   "Doctor takes your concern seriously."  Of course,  first time parents are extra praning (paranoid) and we tend to worry too much but each concern should be worth the ear of the doctor.  When my son had on and off fever,  his pedia said he thinks it is just viral since he has colds, cough and it's just been 3 days, but he still had some tests done to rule out dengue.

3.   "Doctor should ask your child's medical history."  I remember when I was a child I was given a medication with penicillin and I couldn't breathe because of it.  That lesson of providing clear medical history has been stuck to me since.

4.   "Doctor should fully explain his medical decision."  Like if the doctor decides to just give OTC instead of a dengue test he should explain why.

5.   "Doctor should make an effort to develop rapport with your child."  It seems Dr. Bad Hair Day,  missed out heavily on this aspect.  Even my elder children,  who were with me noticed it.  They said this is the first time the doctor, didn't ask them their name and what grade they were. [Read more...]

Pedia with a Bad Hair Day

I brought my kids to the Pedia last Saturday.  Since our complaint is just the usual cough and colds, I thought I would just use my health card to save up on doctor's fees.  Sayang di ba 3 of them eh di P1,500 din yon:-)

I guess that is the catch with health card doctors,  they are like a box of chocolates,  you know never know what you are gonna get.

So,  our usual go to pedia for our health card had 30 people ahead of us! OMG!  baka lalo sila mag-ka-sakit sa pila!  So I looked for another pedia that is accredited with our health card.  Oh si Dr. X,  she is good.  And the line is not too long, just 4 people ahead of us!  Game!

When we got to her office,  impressive and sosyal!  Big area with toys for the kids.  Well stocked magazine rack for the parents.  Her office inside is equally impressive.  The office was nicely designed with modern art deco for kids.  Unfortunately,  the experience stops there.

She didn't interact at all with the kids.  Upon entering her office,  she gave the kids and I a weak, forced smile with no teeth and asked "How can I help?" The usual ma-chika me was taken aback.  Normally, with all the pedia's we go to they do some light talk with the kids before they proceed. Not even, a hello?!?  My 3 year old tried to make some small talk with her, "Is she a doctor?," No reply, still.

She just proceeded with putting the stethoscope on their backs and declared it's clear.  She didn't even check their throats and the lymph nodes on the sides of their neck (my pedia does this standard check) if it were swollen. For the kid's prescription she fiddled on her nice laptop for awhile and came up with a couple of over-the-counter medications.  My usual pedia,  will go one step further than the prescriptions and give me reminders of avoiding chocolates which would further aggravate the cough and so on and so forth.  She maybe having a bad hair day, but I vowed never to return to her again.

Sharing with you tomorrow a list of signs of a good pediatrician.

How about you?  Did you ever have a bad pedia experience?

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