Why Choose Cameron Pediatrics?
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Why Do You Need a Pediatrician?
Pediatricians play an important role in the health and wellness of children. These physicians are specially trained to care for the physical, behavioral and mental health of newborns, infants, adolescents and young adults. They only see children in their practices and must stay up-to-date on the latest advancements and training in child and adolescent medicine in order to remain board certified.
Pediatricians begin seeing a child regularly from birth; however, the frequency of those visits will decrease as they grow older. They can treat chronic illnesses such as asthma or diabetes, advise you about your child’s safety and nutrition, refer you to a specialist should the need arise and conduct sports physicals for school-age children. They are also the person you call when your child falls ill or experiences a medical emergency — so make sure you find a provider you can count on and trust with your child!
How to Choose a Pediatrician
For many parents, selecting a pediatrician for their child can be a difficult choice. If you are struggling with how to choose a pediatrician, here are a few tips:
Give yourself enough time. It’s a good idea to begin looking for a doctor about 3 months before your baby is due. If you’re moving to a new location or need to find a new pediatrician for another reason, make sure you begin the research phase as early as possible; that way, you won’t be stuck without a trusted provider if your child becomes ill or requires pediatric care.
Seek recommendations. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers for the names of pediatricians. Your OBGYN can also be a great source.
Review how the practice operates. Before you select a pediatrician, you need to ensure the practice aligns with your schedule. For example, will you need evening or weekend hours or are same-day appointments important to you? Finding a provider who is affiliated with an extended hospital network may also provide the benefits of having specialists and urgent care services easily available for your child. Additionally, having the backing of a reputable community hospital can provide your doctor with the access to key technologies, advanced diagnostics, and more.
Review their credentials. It can be helpful to research the credentials of physicians. For example, are the pediatricians on your list board certified? While it’s not a required step, it demonstrates that the physician is competent in patient care, communication and medical knowledge.
Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician
Before you make a final decision on a pediatrician, it can be helpful to schedule an introductory visit to get to know the doctor and their team. Ask some of the following questions to get to know your potential provider and begin developing a relationship.
What is their childcare philosophy?
You will want to ensure your thoughts around everything from breastfeeding to vaccinations to sleep training align with you the doctor you choose.
How are emergencies handled?
Are same-day appointments for emergencies accommodated? What about after-hours emergencies?
What hospital are they affiliated with?
This will be important when it comes to giving birth and if emergencies arise with your child.
Do they have any subspecialties?
For example, do they have additional qualifications in pediatric critical care, pediatric gastroenterology, or pediatric cardiology?
Questions to Ask During Your Newborn’s First Pediatrician Appointment
Knowing what questions to ask doesn’t end after the introductory appointment. Specifically if you’re seeking a pediatrician after giving birth, you’ll also want to ask the right questions during your newborn’s first appointment. These questions include:
- What is the vaccination schedule for my newborn?
- How much weight should my child be gaining?
- Should I be concerned if my child loses weight?
- How much should my child be sleeping?
- When should I be worried about sleep training?
- How can I get my baby to eat better?
- Can you recommend a lactation consultant?
- What should I expect to see in my child’s diaper?
- How should I bathe my newborn?
Pediatric Services We Offer
Child Consent Form
A child consent form is designed to protect your child in case of an emergency when parents are not present. This form will help to avoid a possible delay in treatment of an ill or injured child who is in someone else’s care, such as a babysitter or grandparent. You might also want to fill out a child consent form when traveling with friends or under other similar circumstances.
Simply enter the information on the form below, then print it out, sign and give it to the people who will be responsible for your minor child(ren). If care or treatment is needed, they can take the document with them to the hospital or doctor.
Meet Our Specialists
Dr. Susan Frayer
Dr. Susan Frayer is double board-certified in pediatrics and emergency medicine with more than 15 years of experience. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Dr. Frayer has extensive experience in pediatrics, including serving as the medical director for a pediatric Emergency Department.
Lindsay Ellert, PNP
Lindsay Ellert, PNP is a pediatric nurse practitioner. A graduate of the University of Saint Francis and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, she has experience in complex pediatrics, integrated health and holistic health. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Finding a pediatrician who fits all of your family’s needs can be challenging. At Cameron Hospital, we seek to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for the whole family, beginning at birth and continuing throughout your life. Contact our team of pediatric specialists to learn more about our services and set up an appointment today.
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