Preparing for Your Next Doctor's Appointment: A Guide for Patients

Preparing for Your Next Doctor's Appointment: A Guide for Patients

Dr. Margaret Payne, Pediatric Physician


As a parent, it's natural to want the best for your child's health and well-being. Regular visits to the doctor are an important part of keeping your child healthy, but they can also be stressful and overwhelming, especially if you're not sure what to expect. Preparing for your child's doctor's appointment can help ease your anxieties and make the experience more productive. In this guide, we'll provide you with practical tips and advice to help you prepare for your child's next doctor's appointment.

  1. Make a list of symptoms: Before your appointment, make a list of symptoms that your child are experiencing, including when they started, how often they occur, and how severe they are. This will help your doctor understand your condition and make an accurate diagnosis.
  2. Write down your medical history: Make a list of any medical conditions that you have been diagnosed with in the past, as well as any medications or supplements your child is currently taking. This will help your doctor understand your child’s overall health and how it may affect your child’s current condition.
  3. Bring relevant documents: Bring your child’s shot record and any recent test results or imaging, such as X-rays or MRI’s that are related to your child’s visit and any other relevant medical documents you have.

Did you know: If you do not have a record, you can ask your child’s school for a copy.  Your child’s school keeps a record of all their shots.

  1. Make a list of questions: Make a list of any questions or concerns that you have for your doctor. This will ensure that you don't forget to ask anything that is important to you during the appointment.
  2. Be honest and open: Be honest with your doctor about your child’s symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle habits. This will help them make an accurate diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan.
  3. Be on time: Arrive on time for your appointment and make sure to schedule the appointment with enough time for you and your doctor to discuss all your concerns.

Remember, a good doctor-patient relationship is one that is open, honest, and built on mutual trust. By preparing for your appointment and being an active participant in your child’s healthcare, you can help establish this kind of relationship and get the most out of your visits with your doctor.