14 Tips for Talking to Your Child's Pediatrician

If you think your child is ill, make sure you jot down the symptoms and information related to the illness. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the doctor will want to know:

• When did you first suspect that he was ill?

• What is the child’s temperature?

• What medication, if any, have you given him?talk to pediatrician

• What time did you administer the first dose?

• What is the child’s behavior (coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.)?

• Is the child eating or drinking?

• Has the child urinated or had a bowel movement recently?

When talking to the doctor, don’t forget to ask questions so that you’ll know what you can do to help your child feel better fast. You may want to ask:

• Should I bring my child in for a visit?

• What medication should I be giving him? And how should I administer medication?

• How will I know if my child is getting worse rather than better?

• When should I stop medication? 

• What should I be feeding him?

• When will I know that he is all right?

Updated August 2012