Your pediatrician is a valuable source of information regarding the health of your child. So get the most out of every visit: Ask questions!
By Vanessa Slots, MD, Pediatrician, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics
Well checks are not only a time for your child to be examined and receive immunizations, they are a time to ask your pediatrician questions. I recommend caregivers write questions down so they remember what they want to ask during the visit. Below are a few important questions to ask at each well check visit.
- Is my child growing and developing normally? Children do not all grow and develop at the same rate, which can make it difficult to know if your child is on track. Your pediatrician will be able to discuss where your child is currently, what they should be doing by the next well check, and if there are any delays that need to be addressed.
- Is my child a healthy weight? With childhood obesity on the rise, it is important to discuss your child’s weight, nutrition, activity level, and if necessary, weight loss goals with your pediatrician.
- Are my child’s immunizations current? Having up-to-date immunizations not only protects your child but helps protect those children who are not old enough, or unable to receive immunizations for health reasons.
- What is my child’s current acetaminophen/ibuprofen dose? Acetaminophen and ibuprofen doses are based on weight and should be adjusted as your child grows. Overdosing on these medications can be a medical emergency. However, under-dosing may mean your child is not receiving the full benefit of the medication.
- Do you have any suggestions for ________? This discussion can range from discipline to starting school, and from toilet training to sleep.
Most importantly, alert your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your child.
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