When you take your child to the pediatrician, you usually get about 15-20 minutes of the doctor’s time before he moves on to the next patient. To make sure you use those few minutes wisely it is important to write your questions down so you don’t forget anything while you’re in the office. It is also important that you ask those questions at the very beginning of the appointment or you will find that there isn’t enough time at the end for all your questions to be answered thoroughly. Some areas you should cover are your child’s normal growth, development, and behavior.
According to the Children’s National Health System, the ten top questions to ask your child’s pediatrician are as follows:
Specific concerns such as how to manage your child’s allergies, or why your child is always tired.
Is your child’s growth and development appropriate for his or her age?
What type of vaccine(s) does your child need during your visit and what does it protect against?
Is your child’s shot records up to date? Ask for a copy.
Ask about infectious diseases that are going around and how to keep your child protected during specific seasons.
Is your child old enough to go from a car seat to a booster seat?
When can your child start brushing with regular toothpaste.
What age should your child start seeing a dentist?
Is it normal for an older potty trained child to still wet the bed?
When should you bring your child back for the next visit?
Parents should also make it a point to understand fully their child’s diagnosis and ask how long they can give their child prescribed medicine and the proper dosage. It is important not to leave the doctor’s office without fully understanding this.
Parents with special needs children should ask for any additional community resources even if your pediatrician does not bring it up, you should always take the initiative. You know your child best, and speaking up no matter how hard it is, can get your child the help he may need early enough to make a big difference in his developing years.
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