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5 Tips For Your Next Trip to the Pediatrician

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5 Tips for Your Next Trip to the Pediatrician

Did you know that you need to take your child to the pediatrician at least 12 times during the first five years of your kid’s life? That number doesn’t even include those sick visits. That’s right, you and your little one will have to visit the doctor’s office quite often!

This is why it’s best to pick a pediatrician whom your child can feel comfortable with. However, picking the right doctor doesn’t mean you won’t be having any difficulties later on, especially when it comes to communication.

One of the problems most parents often face with their children’s doctors, no matter how skilled they may be, concerns poor communication. Many doctors have difficulty speaking in a language that can easily be understood, sometimes using terms that only medical professionals can understand. That is why as a parent, it’s important that you and your pediatrician keep your communication open and clear as much as possible.

Having said that, there are five tips to remember the next time you take your child to an appointment with your kid’s pediatrician:

1. Come prepared.

Due to their busy schedules, pediatricians can only spend a limited number of minutes with every individual patient, which is truly unfortunate. For this reason, be sure to write a list of questions or concerns you’d like to address before you go to the clinic. It’s also a good idea to jot down all the symptoms your child has been experiencing immediately after you notice them. This way, you won’t forget asking about them during the doctor’s visit.

2. Don’t hesitate to ask.

Many parents find themselves having questions in their minds while listening to the doctor. However, some prefer to keep quiet because they think it’s not good manners to interrupt someone who is speaking or that their questions may not be pertinent and might just cause them embarrassment.

If you think this way, it’s time to free yourself from this limiting thought. Speak up to the doctor and raise any concerns that you may have. Remember, telling the doctor that you understand everything they are saying despite having uncertainties or doubts in your mind may jeopardize your child’s health.

3. Ask the doctor to use simple language.

Since doctors are so accustomed to using medical terms that they often forget that they’re talking to people who have little knowledge of those terms. Whenever this happens, don’t be ashamed to tell your pediatrician to speak in simpler language.

4. Be realistic.

As much as parents want like to have their child treated as soon as possible, it doesn’t really work that way. Doctors don’t just prescribe antibiotics and other medicines immediately since they’re trained to follow the “wait-and-see” approach. Instead of rushing your child’s recovery or trying out alternative treatment methods, simply follow your pediatrician’s advice.

5. Ask for visual aid.

It’s a good idea to ask your doctor to show you some visuals like a picture, chart, or diagram to explain the illness of your child. Some doctors oftentimes get carried away while discussing something. As a result, they fail to realize that their patients are already having difficulty in comprehending most of what they’re saying. With the use of a simple image, however, you’ll be able to get a clearer understanding of what the doctor is explaining.

 

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