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Good baby Doctor that speaks English

Postby mrmichaelz » 28 Sep 2013, 14:37

I need an English speaking Baby doctor in Taipei City (preferably around Wenshan, Da'an area)

I can't rely on my in-laws and my Mandarin isn't good enough to sufficiently express my concerns (ongoing diaper rash caused by "traditional" foods)

Thank you so much for the help.
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Re: Good baby Doctor that speaks English

Postby Blaquesmith » 28 Sep 2013, 23:34

I don't know about the doctor, but If your baby has a diaper rash, try the "Baby Wundschutz Creme" from the brand Bubchen. We bought it and tried it with my daughter when she was two months old because she had a major rash (her arse was redder than a baboon's). After 2 or 3 days, it improved A LOT.

From all the creams we've used, this is the one that goes best for her. It's quite easy to find in many baby stores and pharmacies, and the big blue box makes it easy to identify.

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Re: Good baby Doctor that speaks English

Postby E04teacherlin » 29 Sep 2013, 17:00

I second the above cream. I can't help you with a doctor but if you really can't get help, send me a pm and I will help you on the phone.
Consider these steps first though. Some fruits are very acidic and kids live the sweetness, but they could cause a rash. too much fruit isn't good either. Wash at every diaper change with baby soap. Some people consider diaper cream medicine. They don't use it often enough. Make sure all her caretakers use it. Remember that the in-laws live the kid as much as you do and would never hurt her or him intentionally. They might do things not based in science but so do we. Lots of fruit. Not always good. Lots of water. Not always good. I doubt that it is traditional food though, but congee is a good way to settle it.
I am assuming it's your first. With my first we were all over the place arguing over doctors, names and rubbish. By the third one it's more like, name? Whatever. Rash? Cream. Doctor? Nearest to the house. And they all turn out ok.
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Re: Good baby Doctor that speaks English

Postby Blaquesmith » 29 Sep 2013, 18:22

Well, it's my first and some things freak me out, but I was 7 when my brother was born, so there are many things I already know, so I don't freak out as often as my wife, for example. Thank god, because I'd have the same problem that you do. Today we went to our regular doctor and it turns out she speaks english, but "to make it easier", she speaks only in Mandarin, so only my wife can understand what she says. I was a little bit pissed when I found out, but since my wife translates for me, I don't mind so much. And I know I can take my daughter there.

If you want to try it, it's in Zhongxiao E. Rd.: http://goo.gl/B920mq

It's on the second floor, you have to enter by the side lane, not by By Yanji St.
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Re: Good baby Doctor that speaks English

Postby mrmichaelz » 29 Sep 2013, 18:38

Blaquesmith wrote:Well, it's my first and some things freak me out, but I was 7 when my brother was born, so there are many things I already know, so I don't freak out as often as my wife, for example. Thank god, because I'd have the same problem that you do. Today we went to our regular doctor and it turns out she speaks english, but "to make it easier", she speaks only in Mandarin, so only my wife can understand what she says. I was a little bit pissed when I found out, but since my wife translates for me, I don't mind so much. And I know I can take my daughter there.

If you want to try it, it's in Zhongxiao E. Rd.: http://goo.gl/B920mq

It's on the second floor, you have to enter by the side lane, not by By Yanji St.


But now there is the issue of everyone being an expert. If I ask for the baby to see the doctor the Mother in law (who takes care of her during the day) needs to ask my wife, but not the same courtesy applies. Any technique or method I know about or use is dis-regarded because it did not come from the In-law, and if there is a problem it's not the in-laws fault because that would means she(wife) needs to tell her mom that she made a mistake which would cause a problem.
So the translation part doesn't sit well with me.. and there is obviously a lack of respect. That is why I would like to see an English speaking doctor. (and perhaps a shrink for the wife)
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Re: Good baby Doctor that speaks English

Postby Blaquesmith » 30 Sep 2013, 00:55

mrmichaelz wrote:But now there is the issue of everyone being an expert. If I ask for the baby to see the doctor the Mother in law (who takes care of her during the day) needs to ask my wife, but not the same courtesy applies. Any technique or method I know about or use is dis-regarded because it did not come from the In-law, and if there is a problem it's not the in-laws fault because that would means she(wife) needs to tell her mom that she made a mistake which would cause a problem.
So the translation part doesn't sit well with me.. and there is obviously a lack of respect. That is why I would like to see an English speaking doctor. (and perhaps a shrink for the wife)


Hmmm... I assume that you would take the baby to the doctor by yourself, since you're the father and you are asking for an english-speaking doctor. So, I don't know why in hell do you need authorisation to take YOUR son to the doctor. I think it should be OK if you notify your wife (keeping her in the loop out of respect), and your wife can tell your mom-in-law or not, but I'm really sorry if you can't take your own son to the street whenever you want without your in-laws meddling.

Do not talk about mistakes. Just say that you'd like a second opinion, which is something totally cool, and then you take your child to the doctor. There's no need on telling anyone "i told you so" or "in your face". Simply say that you'd like a second oppinion, because some buddy of yours told you about this very similar case and the doctor was really great and everything went fine. In any case, the fault would be from the first doctor, not from your in-laws, and your mom-in-law shouldn't be mad at anyone (or maybe at the first doctor, if the second one solves the question).

About the respect question... well, you should talk it with your wife. Since you're both concerned about your son, and you're both adults, she should understand that you want to do everything that you can for him, and she should be cool with you asking a second oppinion. She should be delighted if you do it without "dragging" her to translate. Having to do all these kinds of things for themselves because you don't speak chinese usually ends up becoming a pain in the arse, so she will probably be cool about it if you tell her that you can totally do this, out of "manly pride" or something like that. The ironic sentence "my mom stopped coming with me to the doctor when I was 18, so I think I can manage" usually works, unless your wife is uncapable of detecting irony/sarcasm. If your wife understands and approves, she will support you with her family.

When I first came to Taiwan, my in-laws insisted to go buy me breakfast, lunch and coming with me everytime I went out to buy something because they knew I couldn't speak chinese, until I began going out by myself just "to take a walk" and then coming back with the food or stuff I wanted. I didn't need to say anything or point it out, they saw it by themselves.

The last resort is taking out your son "for a walk" and then passing by this clinic and remembering that you read about it "somewhere", so you decided to give it a try. Since you were just next to the consult and there was no waiting time (or a really short one), it seemed convenient. No one can blame you for that. :)
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Re: Good baby Doctor that speaks English

Postby Rockefeller » 30 Sep 2013, 04:09

Hi mrmichaelz,

I didn't specifically go to see a pediatrician, but all three doctors I've talked to at the national taiwan university hospital spoke english. If you went there and asked nicely I have no doubt they could help you out with a pediatrician who does.
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Re: Good baby Doctor that speaks English

Postby asiababy » 01 Oct 2013, 19:41

OP,

Dr Guo at Wanfang Hospital speaks English, and is quite a down-to-earth kind of pediatrician. Click on the "Online Registration" English link of the hospital page (http://www.wanfang.gov.tw/) and look for his guy under pediatrics:

Yung-Ting Kuo (61654 ) Pediatric headaches, involuntary movement, febrile seizures, epilepsy, and its inspection

I talked to him about some differences in views with my own kids, and he was very helpful. He found some materials for me to take and place discretely on the coffee table at my inlaws'. That was a few years ago now.

Another option is Dr Lai. He is at a family clinic in Muzha and also has a clinic in the Pediatric Unit at NTU. He specialises in allergies. Oh, and Dr Hong, who owns the clinic. Dr Hong is pretty direct, though, and some people don't like him because of it. Address: Shinglong Rd Sec. 4 No. 64-2, 1F. Tel:02-2936-4708. You can try calling, or just going along if you are afraid the nurses won't understand you over the phone.
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Re: Good baby Doctor that speaks English

Postby mrmichaelz » 12 Oct 2013, 20:35

Blaquesmith wrote:I don't know about the doctor, but If your baby has a diaper rash, try the "Baby Wundschutz Creme" from the brand Bubchen. We bought it and tried it with my daughter when she was two months old because she had a major rash (her arse was redder than a baboon's). After 2 or 3 days, it improved A LOT.

From all the creams we've used, this is the one that goes best for her. It's quite easy to find in many baby stores and pharmacies, and the big blue box makes it easy to identify.

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This was the best stuff! Thanks
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Re: Good baby Doctor that speaks English

Postby Blaquesmith » 13 Oct 2013, 11:08

mrmichaelz wrote:
Blaquesmith wrote:I don't know about the doctor, but If your baby has a diaper rash, try the "Baby Wundschutz Creme" from the brand Bubchen. We bought it and tried it with my daughter when she was two months old because she had a major rash (her arse was redder than a baboon's). After 2 or 3 days, it improved A LOT.

From all the creams we've used, this is the one that goes best for her. It's quite easy to find in many baby stores and pharmacies, and the big blue box makes it easy to identify.

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This was the best stuff! Thanks


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