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Top 10 Tips for Talking to a Pediatrician

Know When to Call the Pediatrician

Phone conversations with your pediatrician are convenient and great for getting fast answers to your questions about your child's health. If you relate a child's symptoms over the phone, the doctor can get a good idea about whether you should bring the child in to be checked.

It is, however, possible to overdo it. Your child's health is a priority, and it's better to be safe than sorry, but you probably don't need to call every time your child sneezes. And although many pediatricians are very patient when taking those calls, you can save yourself a lot of time and worry if you know when to call and when to wait it out.

Here are some examples of symptoms your child might show that deserve a call to the doctor:

  • Colds that last more than a few days
  • A fever accompanied by vomiting
  • Ear drainage
  • Persistent or bloody diarrhea

Things like colds come and go, and it's normal for a baby to spit up, so a doctor might just give you advice over the phone if it is something along these lines. If the doctor recommends you do bring the child in, the next step is to have all the right information to provide.