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Finding A Paediatrician For Your Newborn Baby In Singapore

Chief Editor | Published on February 21, 2023

If you feel that your baby deserves the best medical attention from a specialist in children, you’re not alone. Finding a paediatric doctor (PD) you can trust is at the top of the to-do list of many new parents. Here are some pointers to help you make this important decision.

Start Early

Ideally, you should start your search for a PD even before your baby is born. If you went to great lengths to choose the right obstetrician during pregnancy, consider asking him or her for a PD referral. Your friends, co-workers and family might also have PDs to recommend.

Don’t have a preference? Hospitals typically assign a PD to children right after delivery, so you don’t have to spend time and effort looking for one. If your home is far away from your maternity hospital, however, you might still want to look for a regular PD closer to where you live.

Consider The Costs

Compared to seeing general practitioners (S$30 to S$60 per visit), consulting a PD costs more (S$50 to S$100 per visit). But the difference might be worth it; a general practitioner (GP) stocks a generic list of medicine intended to treat adults, whereas a PD carries medication that specifically caters to children. A PD may also be more familiar with child-related medical illnesses and symptoms.

The good news for cash-tight parents in Singapore: Government-approved PD clinics let parents pay using their baby’s Child Development Account (CDA). Babies born from 14 Feb 2023 will receive up to $5,000 of First Step Grant in addition to CDA co-matching contributions, up to the eligible child’s prevailing cap.

Know Your Child’s Condition(s)

Many PDs have sub-specialities in various medical disciplines such as gastroenterology (a specialisation of the digestive system) or for different age groups, such as neonatologists for newborns. So, if your child is diagnosed with or is prone to a specific medical condition (e.g. asthma), the selected PD’s sub-speciality should match; if it doesn’t, the PD should be able to easily refer you to another doctor who may be better suited. Newborns (babies from birth to 2 months of age) should also be seen by a PD specialising in neonatology.

Observe The PD In Action

You can put in lots of time and effort to find the ideal PD, but it is ultimately the PD’s interaction with your child during the first consultation that confirms if your choice is the correct one. Even if your child’s unwell, the right PD should know how to make him or her feel at ease. At the same time, a PD who is a good fit should also be patient in answering any questions you might have about your child’s health and what you can do to improve it. Once you find a PD you’re comfortable with, you’ll feel less stressed about raising a healthy kid!

 

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