When seeking a pediatrician, integrative or not, holistic pediatrician Natalie W. Geary, of Miami, founder of vedaHEALTH
, says, “My best advice is to look for a pediatrician that has open communication skills, that listens well and that has the confidence to engage in a Q&A without getting defensive and ruffled. There are several questions to ask that will help guide you.”
In addition, she provides tips on what to look for in the answers.
1. Will you be talking to us about our baby’s nutrition in detail?
Pediatricians trained in integrative medicine recognize that children’s health is fundamentally grounded in what they eat. They need to recognize the impact of poor nutrition on a baby’s growing and developing brain, especially in the first three years of life, and be patient in helping parents navigate food intolerances—not just food allergies—as well as developmental stages and feeding behavior.
2. How do you feel about adjunct therapies such as craniosacral massage, acupuncture and Ayurveda?
The important thing here is not that they necessarily offer these things, but that they are informed about their benefits and are not dismissive or judgmental, and that they are open to working with the other healers and practitioners involved.
3. What are your thoughts on antibiotics?
Some pediatricians may be defensive about this, but it’s worth asking politely to see if they are open to a conversation about when alternatives might be useful, especially for things like ear infections.