Getting the Most Out of Your Pediatrician Visit
Taking the time to prep for your child’s pediatrician visit will make a positive impact in both your, and your child’s experience. Here are a few ways to get the most out of your visit!
– Write down your questions/concerns. Some concerns you have may need more time to discuss; make sure to mention you might need extra facetime with the physician when making the appointment
– Secure childcare for siblings, if possible, schedule childcare for siblings so you can focus on your child’s visit
– Prepare your child for the visit. Describe, in an age appropriate manner, what your child can expect from the visit
– Time it right. Try not to schedule your child’s visit around meal or nap time.
– Be specific. Relay detailed symptoms, duration, behaviors, etc.
– Take Notes. Jot down notes, or record the visit (with your doctor’s permission)
– Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s always okay to question in a respectful manner.
The Big Finale
– Ask for notes in writing. Your doctor should give you written instructions, if not, do not hesitate to ask
– Do not leave the office confused. It is important you understand all instructions before leaving the office. Ask for a recap and confirm you and your child’s doctor are on the same page
– Follow-up Instructions. Make sure you know who to contact with follow-up questions/concerns/updates.
Here is some additional information about getting the most out of your pediatrician visit:
By Holly Wise, CCRP
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