Making the most of your child’s medical exam takes a little preparation. When visiting a new medical provider, you not only have to reassure your child, but you also need to make sure the provider truly understands your child and his or her needs. You can take a few easy steps to make sure that you are prepared to do both.
Understand Why You are Visiting the Provider
New medical professionals are sometimes frightening to a child. If you understand why you are visiting this new person, you may be able to better explain it to your child. You can either ask your referring professional or reach out to the new provider. You’ll need to know if the new provider is a specialist. If you don’t understand what the provider actually does, you can consult an online list that shows you the provider’s specialty. You’ll also want to understand why your child was referred to this provider, if he or she was. Knowing what you hope to gain from the visit to the provider will also let you explain the need for the visit to your child. [Read more…] about 3 Easy Steps to a Great Medical Appointment