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Top 10 Tips for Talking to a Pediatrician

Be Ready to Offer Information

The more information the pediatrician has about your child, the better able he will be to diagnose the problem. But he won't know the details unless you tell him.

There are many questions that you should be ready to answer and information that you should be sure to voluntarily provide if you think it applies. This includes details about not only all of the child's symptoms, but behavior, diet and your own response to handling it. Here are some examples of information to provide:

  • The child's temperature (and whether or how long the child has had a fever)
  • Whether you've given the child any medication (what kind and when)
  • Whether the child has refused food (especially a favorite comfort food)
  • Details about how long and why you suspect the child has been ill

As the parent, you are better able than anyone to recognize unusual behavior in your child, such as refusing a favorite food. So, if you notice something strange, mention it and explain why it concerns you. Even if you think it may sound small or petty to the doctor, if it worries you, it's worth bringing up.