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 Finding a Pediatrician

By Mara Paradis, M.D.

​​​​​​​​Choosing a pediatrician is just one of the many decisions a new parent makes when expecting a baby. What are the benefits of choosing a pediatrician for an infant or child? A pediatrician is a physician who has three additional years of medical training, specifically in the health and well-being of infants, children and adolescents – offering expertise in child development, behavior, preventative medicine and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses. Boys Town Pediatrics is here to help parents choose a pediatrician that best fits their family’s needs.

When to Choose a Pediatrician?

Choosing a pediatrician is typically done prior to the delivery of a baby. This gives families the opportunity to meet and select a physician doctor who will become a big part of your family’s life. Other parents you know and trust and your obstetrician can help recommend local pediatricians. Ask questions before meeting the doctor to help narrow your search:

  • Is the doctor accepting new patients?
  • Will my insurance be accepted? How are patients billed?
  • What are the hours? Are there any evening or weekend appointments available?
  • How do I reach someone with routine questions?

Questions To Ask a Pediatrician during a Prenatal Visit

  • What are your clinic hours?
  • Do you have more than one location?
  • What pediatric specialty services does the clinic offer?
  • Are you board certified in pediatrics?
  • What is your philosophy regarding breast feeding, antibiotics and non-traditional medicine?
  • Who will I speak with if I have a question regarding my child during office hours?
  • What happens if I have questions regarding my child after hours?
  • How far in advance do health care maintenance visits need to be scheduled?
  • What is appointment availability like for sick visits?
  • Who are the physicians who will care for my child if my pediatrician is not available?

Download Pediatrician Interview Questions

Baby Well Visit Schedule

Pediatricians typically began care with a baby after birth. They will see your child on a regular basis throughout life. D​uring the first two years of life, well baby visits should be scheduled at the following ages:

  • 2-5 days of life
  • 2 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • ​9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months​​

What to Expect at
​Baby Well Check Visits​​


During these healthcare visits, a pediatrician will check on any parental concerns, screen for developmental delays, discuss and provide vaccines, and provide guidance on nutrition, sleep patterns, growth and safety issues.


After Hours and Same-Day Peditric Care

Boys Town Pediatrics offer locations across the Omaha-metro area where your children can see a pediatrician seven days a week with our Same Day Pediatrics service. Use our ​physician directory to find a pediatrician at a clinic near you.





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