Monday, December 22, 2008

12 Tips for Better Doctor Visits with Kids

We have a lot of experience with doctor visits, so here are some tips that we’ve learned the hard way. My present to you.

  • Try to schedule first thing in the morning. The doctor will (hopefully) still be on schedule, you’ll have shorter waiting times, and there will (usually) be fewer people in the waiting room sneezing and coughing all over you.
  • Dress your child in clothes that are easy to remove. Nuff said.
  • Bring another adult whenever possible. I know - hard to do. If my husband can’t come, I sometimes call up my sister or aunt who live close by. It’s a lot easier to listen to the doctor and ask questions when there’s someone else there to help with your child.
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Psychmamma is the contributing editor for Special Medical Needs. She writes at Psychmamma where she covers life with Jenna, her "spunky little two year-old who was born with a triple intestinal atresia." Her blog is also the home of Special Needs Sundays.

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