Pediatricians are extremely busy and their industry continues to grow as many parents become more health-conscious about their children. More and more children are going to daycare facilities or early education programs where they come into contact with illness and disease. This accounts for some of the increased business in many pediatrician offices.
It is important to establish a good relationship with your pediatrician, especially when you visit them frequently. Communicating well with your child’s physician will have a positive impact on the well-being and health of your child. Use the following tips to maintain consistent communication with your pediatrician.
Keep your conversation focused
Before you go to see the pediatrician, you should write down a list of questions and concerns. If there are issues that you need to discuss, use this list to ask your questions shortly after the doctor enters the room. All of your questions may not be evaluated in one visit, so you may be asked to return with a separate appointment to address them all.
Your doctor will not prescribe medications or drugs if they are not necessary. Often, the pediatrician will want you to observe your child over a number of days to see how symptoms progress. This is often the best solution for your child’s well-being and you should trust your pediatrician’s judgment. However, if you are truly concerned your pediatrician is not providing the best treatment, you should seek a second opinion.
Be honest with the pediatrician
Let your pediatrician know of any feedback you may have regarding your visit to their office. If you feel rushed or have been greeted rudely, you should alert the doctor of these situations. If you are unsure about the medications prescribed, you should always ask for more information.
Use convenient alternatives
You do not always have to run your child to the doctor at the first sign of an illness. Ask your pediatrician if they have a nurse line where you can speak to a qualified professional about health issues you are unsure about. The nurse can relieve your concerns or schedule an appointment if the situation sounds like medical treatment is necessary.
These phone lines can often help you with medication questions, behavioral issues, and minor illnesses. Some doctors will refer you to email any concerns or questions directly to them. Emergency symptoms should be directed to your pediatrician right away such as rash with a fever, persistent vomiting, or diarrhea.
Always be informative
The more information your pediatrician has on your child, the better they can help them stay healthy. Inform your doctor if there have been any major changes in your child’s life. The doctor should know if your child has experienced a death in the family, divorce, or any other major disruption in their normal life pattern. If the pediatrician cannot address specific issues, they will be able to refer you to someone who can.
Understand your pediatrician’s instructions
Make sure you fully understand any directions you have been given by your pediatrician before you leave the office. You should understand all lab test results, how to dispense medication, and whether or not a follow-up appointment is needed. Also, make sure you follow-up with your doctor if the medication is not working or has caused any side effects.
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