Your Doctor Will Answer Your Questions

Here are some helpful questions to ask your child's doctor. Read them over before your child is admitted.


  • Do you have any written information that I can use to learn more about my child's special health needs?


  • Can you explain what will be done while my child is in the hospital?
  • Who do I ask to talk to 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 with a clinic after my child is discharged?


  • 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 side effects may occur? What do I do if they occur?
  • 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?
  • Who do I ask 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 Internet-based resources?