When you take your child to see a pediatrician, you may do so for a number of different reasons. While annual checkups are common, you'll also consult this medical practitioner if your child appears to be dealing with any type of health issue. Even though you're not the focus of the appointment, you play an important role. This is especially the case if your child is young enough that he or she cannot explain what is going on. As such, it's important for you to be a positive influence. Here are some things that you may do but that aren't helpful.
Fail To Relay The Symptoms
Regardless of the reason for your child's visit to the pediatrician, the doctor will want to gain a clear understanding of the symptoms that the child is facing. Younger children can't provide this information, so it falls on your shoulders. The last thing the doctor wants to hear upon asking you when the symptoms began, when the symptoms are worst, or how things have progressed is that you don't know. Not only will you look as though you don't care about your child's health, but you also won't be able to give the doctor any clues as to what might be going on.
Argue Over The Diagnosis
The prevalence of medical information online today means that many parents are tempted to search for their child's symptoms and read about what the symptoms may mean. While much of the information online of this nature can be helpful, there are many sites on which the information is less than authoritative. Feel free to do your research, but don't be so convinced in what you've read that you argue with the pediatrician. Remember, his or her multiple years of medical school strongly supersede the few minutes of online research that you've done.
Fail To Keep Your Other Children Entertained
Ideally, you can leave your other children with your spouse or another family member when you take your child to the pediatrician. However, there may be times that you need to visit the clinic with multiple children. Don't make the mistake of failing to pack entertainment for your other kids. You don't want them to be a disruptive influence in the examination room, drawing your attention away from your child who needs medical care. Books, toys, and other items will be effective at keeping your other children entertained.