Visiting any physician can be an intimidating experience. Parents can lessen the stress and worry associated with their child’s doctor visit by taking steps to be sure that you have all the information needed for the appointment.
Before the appointment, write down a list of things you need to tell the doctor. Note any concerns or questions you may have. Also write down the names and dosages of any medication your child may be taking, including over the counter medications. It is very important to take this list with you to your child’s appointment – don’t count on remembering everything.
Never feel embarrassed or shy about asking for clarification about something the provider says.
If the provider asks questions that may seem embarrassing or overly personal to you or your child, remember that the information you provide allows your doctor to better establish a diagnosis or to determine what treatment is most appropriate. Be honest and don’t withhold information from the doctor.
Utilize the office personnel, medical assistants, and nurses as they can be additional resources for information. Do not hesitate to ask them questions about your child’s healthcare or your concerns. Advanced preparation for your child’s doctor visit is a vital step towards becoming a partner in your child’s healthcare. Our physicians welcome your active participation in their care.
The following simple tips will help you make the most of your child’s doctor visit: