One of the longest doctor-patient relationships many of us have is with our kids’ pediatrician. From the time our little ones are born, we see these baby docs on a regular basis, so making sure we are comfortable with them is a must. But what happens if you aren’t happy with the care you are getting?
Firing pediatricians is something that probably doesn’t happen often enough, says NBC's chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, stressing that there is no reason not to leave a doctor you're unhappy with. However, be sure to have another physician lined up before making the end of your relationship official.
The most common reason people fire their pediatrician? When the doctor misses a diagnosis or the family loses faith in them. Other reasons to leave can include a doctor not answering or dismissing a patient’s questions, or not having adequate out-of-hours cover.
Before deciding on a new pediatrician, do your homework, and don't be afraid to rely on your gut, advises Snyderman. Also, remember to request for a copy of your medical records to give to your new doctor.
TODAY Moms readers shared some of their pediatrician break-up stories on our Facebook page.
Jasmine Peters writes:
My daughter had dark rings forming around her neck, so I took her into the doc. The doc told her that she was too fat. Knowing that my daughter was just getting past an eating disorder. I asked the doctor if that was appropriate language to express weight concerns to a child? She told me that she calls it like she sees it.
Joy McClure Fenton says:
When my daughter was 4 weeks old she had whooping cough and her doctor said it wasn't even though she was turning blue when coughing. Fired her right on the spot and had the attending if the ICU of the hospital become her doctor. My daughter almost died. She came to the hospital to apologize and we refused to see her.
Jaclyn Hawkins Doherty writes:
My daughter had horrendous diaper rash and the doctor said it was normal for weeks...turns out she had several infections, including strep, yeast and a skin infection. After I requested her doctor to transfer her records they called to ask why??!! We went in for a number of visits and they "overlooked" her infections each time.
Lauren Nowicki adds:
Twice...two different states. Both times it was because the doctor was already out the door before I could ask questions...and the second one was always distracted!
Have you ever divorced your pediatrician? Tell us about it in the comments.
NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman talks about what you should know before saying goodbye to your pediatrician, and suggests a list of questions parents should ask themselves first.