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Parenting Tip of the Day: Feb. 14

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Well visits for your child are very important, and if you’re lucky, the bulk of your visits throughout your child’s growing years will be for check-ups and vaccines. Here are some things to consider before the baby even arrives:

“Start looking for your child’s doctor early, at least three months before your baby is due,” advises Danielle Moores in Healthline.com. “Start by checking which doctors are covered under your insurance policy. Then ask for recommendations from friends, coworkers, and other healthcare professionals. You can also research physicians online. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians maintain lists of board-certified doctors in your area.”

Next, says Moores, schedule a prenatal appointment, which is a terrific time for you to “interview” your selected physician. During your office visit, consider the following: What is the doctor’s personality like? Is the office staff pleasant? When is the office open and how busy is it? If your child has an emergency or you need to contact the office after hours, who would take care of that?

Related: If You Say ‘No’ to Vaccines, Say ‘Bye’ to Doc

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