How To Make The Most Out Of Your Child’s Doctor Visits

By in Health & Safety on 16 February 2009

When your child is sick and you schedule a visit to the doctor, do you normally have so many questions in your mind? This is a common reaction for many parents, who naturally don’t want a child to be sick. Thus, parents instinctively think of questions regarding prevention, home treatment, and proper management of a child’s illness. And although you want to raise important concerns, have you experienced doctor visits that went by in a blur?

Like most things, parents need to prepare in some way when taking a child to a doctor. If you can gather the right information during doctor visits, you can effectively deal with your child’s illness at home. However, parents should also remember that although doctors play a major role in the treatment of a child’s illness, it is also impossible to expect, that they can be available for you 24/7 and 7 days a week. Parents should then try to keep their expectations fairly realistic.

Here are some of the basic things you can expect from your child’s doctor:

– Proper monitoring of your child’s health
– Helps you understand what you can expect from your child depending on his growth and development
– Gives simple explanations regarding your child’s illness and needed treatment
– Works closely with other members of the health care team in cases of referrals, or when your child’s illness needs to be evaluated by other specialists

Aside from these basic aspects, your child’s doctor can also help you about the nutritional needs of your child, and other issues that can affect his health. These include emotional and behavioral issues, and even family issues that can affect a child in some way. Life events like divorce or death of a loved one, can greatly affect children, and a doctor can give you advice, on how you can help your child cope through difficulties.

If your child is sick and you need to take him to the doctor, try to make time for the visit. Never ask other close family members to take your child to the doctor. It is essential that you speak with the doctor directly, so that you can understand all the necessary information yourself.

Try to list down the symptoms you noticed, as well as other related concerns you want to raise. The list can serve as your guide, so that you can have these addressed by your child’s doctor. You can easily forget the purpose of the visit if you entertain distractions, or if you have numerous concerns that you want to be addressed. Focus on the purpose of your visit, and make sure that you understand information regarding laboratory tests, medications, and home treatment. It is also vital that you keep follow-up appointments when needed.

Behavioral issues that require further evaluation should not be raised during sick visits. Perhaps, you can schedule another visit solely for these concerns. However, this does not entail that you can’t ask other questions from the doctor. If there is something that you find rather disturbing about your child’s health, then by all means ask his doctor.

Your child’s doctor can indeed provide you much needed information, but he also has other patients to attend to. Be on time for scheduled appointments, and try to inform the office if you will be coming late. For canceling or rescheduling appointments, it is best that you call at least 24 hours before the scheduled check-up.

Doctors will always play a key role in managing the health of a child, but parents also need to do their part so that a doctor can best treat an illness. After all, kids spend more time in the care of their parents, and home treatments are as important as proper medications in terms of managing a child’s illness.

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