Top 10 Questions Parents Should Ask Their Pediatrician at Well Visits
Monday, November 10, 2014
A well child visit is the best time to talk with your child’s doctor about normal growth, development, and behavior. We’ve put together the top 10 questions you should prepare for your visit.
“Write down your questions ahead of time. Especially if one parent is going and the other is not,” says Children’s Health Center
pediatrician Daniel Felten, MD, MPH
. “Because if you don’t, the doctor will drive the agenda and you may forget about the things you care about. Also, share your questions right at the beginning of the appointment to ensure they are answered.”
Most well visits last only about 15 to 20 minutes, so here are the 10 common questions to ask your child’s pediatrician and make the most of your time:
- Ask about a specific concern you have, like “Why is my child always tired?” or “How can I manage my child’s allergies?”
- Is my child’s development and growth appropriate for her age?
- What vaccine(s) does my child need during this visit? What does it protect against?
- Is everything up to date, and may I get a record of my shots?
- What infectious diseases are going around and how can I best keep my kids safe duringx y or z season?
- Is my child old enough to graduate from a car seat to booster seat? Is it time to get rid of a booster seat? Can I turn my child’s car seat forward?
- When should my kid start using regular toothpaste?
- Should my child be going to the dentist?
- Is bedwetting normal for older potty-trained kids?
- When should I bring my child back?
“Parents with a child who has special needs should be asking about any additional community resources, especially if the doctor doesn’t bring it up,” says Dr. Felten.
It’s also important to ask questions about any sort of treatment that is being prescribed, according to Dr. Felten. He said that parents should understand the diagnosis, how long to give their child prescribed medicine, and what is the dosage. Do not hesitate to ask the pediatrician to clarify instructions. Helpful resources:
• Is my child getting a shot?
About the Expert
Daniel Felten, MD, MPH, is a complex care specialist at Children’s National. Dr. Felten received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is certified in pediatrics.