Being a parent is never easy.
We only want the best for our children. We do what we can to make sure they are safe, eat as healthily as possible, and do well in school.
When they get sick, we do everything we can to make them get better as quickly as possible.
The search for your child's doctor, usually a pediatrician (or pediatrician as they say in Spanish) should begin during pregnancy before the child is born.
It is a very important decision since your child will most likely see this doctor (or doctor as they say in Spanish) from newborn to 18 years. You can search for Womens Health and Pediatric Clinics from various online sources.
Mothers are often successful in getting referrals from friends. This is a great place to start! Chances are, if a trusted friend has had an incredible experience with a pediatrician, you will too.
Other methods are to search for doctors through online review websites like RateMD or others. There is usually a search bar on those sites where you can type in the doctor's name, then it takes you to the "results." However, keep in mind that some of these sites have posts from "disgruntled" employees, etc, so sometimes you have to do a little research on the person posting (do you have any other reviews or just created an account? negative things).
The type of insurance your child has often dictated the options of which pediatrician you can see.
The problem with Medi-Cal is that not all doctors accept it, and because the reimbursement rate for doctors is low, doctors often have physician assistants care for the child. While they are often very capable, they are not doctors. You don't want the doctor to walk through the door, looking smiling and waving, but not doing the assessment, etc.