Your pediatrician plays an invaluable role in keeping your kids healthy. Proactive care really does make a difference, but there is only so much your pediatrician can accomplish alone. Success in pediatrics relies upon a productive relationship between medical professionals and parents. Read on to learn how you can work with your pediatrician to minimize health risks and ensure your child receives exceptional care.
Today’s pediatricians face an onslaught of concerned parents and sick children — and often, far too little time. It is therefore critical that you make the most of every moment with your pediatrician. Arrive at each appointment equipped with a detailed list of observed symptoms or other concerns. Remember, however, that your pediatrician may not be able to address all concerns within the space of a single visit.
Know Which Symptoms Warrant a Visit
As a concerned parent, you’re tempted to bring you child to the doctor at the first sign of trouble. This approach is understandable, but not every health issue warrants an appointment. For mild concerns, take advantage of phone-in hours, medical apps, or other options for getting in touch. An in-person visit may be more urgent if you observe the following symptoms:
- Vomiting that lasts more than a few hours
- Concurrent vomiting and fever
- Rashes accompanied by fevers
- Any cut you suspect needs stitches
Speak Up If You Don’t Understand
Medical jargon — it’s a trap that far too many pediatricians fall into. In doing so, they risk patient confusion and lack of follow-through. Unfortunately, your pediatrician may be completely unaware of your struggle to understand medical terminology. Don’t hesitate to speak up if you’re having a hard time understanding explanations or instructions.
If your child has suffered due to negligence on your pediatrician’s part it’s time to take action. Work with Regan Zambri & Long PLLC to hold negligent health care professionals accountable. Reach out today to get started.