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Talking with Your Child's Doctor

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Here are some helpful questions to ask your child's doctor.

Condition

  • Do you have any written information that I can use to learn more about my child's surgery and condition?

Surgery

  • When can my child last eat and drink?
  • Do I need to wait in the Surgery Center while my child is in surgery?
  • When will I learn that my child is out of surgery and what their condition is?
  • Will there be any noticeable changes to my child's body?
  • How long will my child be in the hospital after surgery?
  • What pain should my child expect?
  • Do I need to schedule a follow-up appointment with a clinic after my child is discharged?
  • Who do I ask to talk to if I have questions about my child's follow-up care?

Medicine

  • What is the name of the medicine? What is the medicine for?
  • Is it safe to give if my child has allergies or adverse reactions to some medicine? Is the dose correct for my child's weight?
  • When we go home, how am I supposed to give it? What time each day? With or without food? What is the best way to measure my child's liquid medicine?
  • If my child is still taking the medicine once we go home, how long should my child continue taking it? When should I see an improvement?
  • What are the side effects? What do I do if they my child has them? Is the medicine safe to give with other medicines or dietary supplements? What food, drink or activities should my child avoid while taking the medicine?
  • Whom do I call if I have questions about the medicine?

Support

  • Are there any support groups where I can connect with other parents?
  • Do you know of any other local or Internet-based resources?

Summer 2014: Good Growing Newsletter

In This Issue

  • Understanding the Power and Influence of Role Models
  • Legal Marijuana Means Greater Poisoning Risks for Children
  • Why Choose Pediatric Emergency Care?

Download Summer 2014 (PDF)