When preparing for your child's appointment, the best place to start is BEFORE the visit. If you’re the type to get to the office and immediately forget everything you wanted to talk about, it’s totally okay to make a list. We would much rather you have your concerns addressed than for you to get home and realize there was something else important you wanted to discuss. Then, please make sure that you communicate these concerns to the person who is scheduling your appointment.
For sick visits, it may also be important for us to know how long your child’s symptoms have been going on. For example, a visit for a headache that’s been present for 2 days is very different from an appointment for a headache that’s been present for 2 months.
For well visits, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns that you want to talk about during the visit. This is important to make sure your doctor has enough time scheduled to discuss all of your concerns. Depending on your child’s age, your doctor may only have 15 minutes scheduled for checkups without concerns. It is important to us that we don’t keep our patients waiting, so if you have concerns that will take longer than your appointment time, you may need to come back for a visit specifically about your concern. If you doctor addresses a concern beyond what is included in routine check ups, this will be treated like an ill visit and may require a copay or additional charge.
As children get older, we encourage them to take ownership of their health. In addition, they may have concerns they’re embarrassed to discuss in front of their parents. Therefore, you may be asked to step out of the room of your adolescent child.
Please make sure that whoever brings the child to the appointment knows what has been going on. For example, if you have to work and grandma is bringing the child, make sure she at least knows what symptoms you’re concerned about, how long they’ve been going on, and what treatments you’ve tried at home.
If your visit is for urinary complaints (frequent urination, painful urination, blood in the urine, etc), please don’t let your child urinate before the visit - we want that pee to test!
If you are coming to see us after seeing another provider, like at anUrgent Care, Emergency Room, or specialist office, please make sure you know what was done at the other location (lab work, x-rays, breathing treatments) and any medications that were prescribed.
If it is your first visit with us, please try to make sure we have a shot record from your previous provider. And speaking of shots, we would recommend that you don’t promise that your child won’t get a shot during a visit. We hate surprise shots as much as your child does!
If you have any questions, please let us know. Open communication will ensure that we are able to provide the best care for our patients.