Your Child's Clinic Visit

Talking with Your Child's Doctor

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


  • Do you have written info that I can use to learn more about my child's condition?


  • Can you explain what will be done today?
  • Whom should I talk with if I have questions about my child's care?
  • When and how will I learn about my child's test results?
  • Do I need to schedule a follow-up appointment?
  • Whom do I call in case of an emergency? Whom do I call when the clinic is closed?


  • What is the name of the medicine? What is the medicine for?
  • Is it safe to give if my child has allergies or reactions to some medicine? Is the dose correct for my child's weight?
  • 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?
  • How long should my child take the medicine? When should I see an improvement?
  • What are the side effects? What do I do if my child has seen 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?


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