It’s Your Child’s
Health – Get Involved!
As a new parent, you try to make
sure your child gets enough sleep, is well nourished,
and sees a doctor for regular check-ups. If you
are like many parents, your primary concern has
been your child’s health, starting the moment
you found out you were pregnant. And as a new
parent, now may be the time to think about healthcare
in a whole new light.
Creating a partnership with your
child’s healthcare provider is one of the
most effective ways to ensure your child receives
the best care their practitioner has to offer.
And the easiest way to do this is to get involved.
You know your child’s body
and temperament better than anyone and you have
the ability to provide the most useful information
to assist doctors in both diagnosing and caring
for your child. For example, providing the practitioner
with detailed symptoms, an indication as to when
a symptom began, what made it worse and what treatments
were provided at home will provide the doctor
with important clues to a child’s illness.
Here are some simple tools you can
use to make sure you and your child’s healthcare
provider are working together:
- If your child is ill, document
detailed symptoms. The more accurate the information
you can provide your doctor, the better care he
or she can provide your child. Make sure to note
things like: the time at which you took your child’s
temperature, what you think may have caused the
illness (for example, did your child eat a new
food, come into contact with another person who
was ill, etc.), the symptoms that alerted you
to the illness, and whether or not home treatments
made the symptoms better.