How to Choose a Pediatrician

Finding a good pediatrician is one of the most important things you can do for your child’s health. Pediatric physicians are trained to support the physical, emotional, and social development of children. That’s why it’s critical that you find a pediatrician that you and your child are confident in and comfortable with. Here’s some information to help you know how to choose a pediatrician that’s right for you and your child.

Ask for recommendations

When looking for a new pediatrician, start by asking for a recommendation from people you know and trust.

Talk to friends and family members. Ask questions to determine if their pediatrician will be a good fit for your family.

Your primary care physician may have a recommendation for a great pediatrician.

If your child’s current pediatrician is retiring, or you’re moving to a new town, ask for recommendations or a referral.

Asking for referrals may or may not lead to the best pediatrician for your child, but it provides a good starting point.

MANA has some of the best pediatricians in Northwest Arkansas.

Do your research

Are there certain requirements or expectations that you have for a pediatrician? Here are some questions that you may want to consider when choosing a pediatrician.

  • Are they accepting new patients?
  • Do they accept your insurance?
  • Where did they go to school?
  • How long have they been in practice?
  • Do they have children?
  • What licenses and certifications do they have?
  • How will they address your questions between appointments?

You may be able to find answers to many of these questions at the websites of the doctors you’re considering.

Learn more about MANA pediatricians.


Maybe convenience is an important factor for you. Is it possible to schedule same day appointments? Where is the office located, and what are the office hours? Do they offer online appointment scheduling and online bill paying?

MANA clinics have great online patient tools including appointment scheduling, bill paying, medication refill requests, patient forms, insurance guides, and more.

Meet with pediatricians

When you meet with new pediatricians, bring your child’s important health information and a list of questions you would like them to answer.

Do you feel satisfied with the attention you received and the doctor’s ability to answer your questions? Do you feel like they’re a good fit for your family?

If your child is older, it is important for him or her to feel comfortable with the doctor. Watch how the doctor interacts with your child and how your child responds. 

You may want to visit different pediatricians before making your decision. At Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics, there are 18 board certified pediatricians.