Helpful Tips for Parents and Adolescents
Middlesex Hospital Primary Care providers are with you every step of the way during the growth and development of your child. We take great pride and care in your child's health and collaborating with our young patients and their parents to have an equal and trusting relationship.
At Middlesex Hospital Primary Care, we want our patients to get the most out of each visit. Here are some helpful tips and advice for your next visit to the doctor.
Being a new parent is filled with excitement and concern for your baby's health. In your baby's first year, you will be visiting your pediatrician often, so the first step for a new parent is choosing one.
Calling and interviewing a pediatrician before making an appointment will give you the opportunity to get to know them some prior to that first visit. Chances are you'll have plenty of questions and concerns about your baby, it is important to go to each visit prepared.
If this is your first visit to the doctor for your newborn, here's a checklist of things you will need to do beforehand:
Examples of some important questions you may want to keep in mind and ask your baby's doctor are:
Your baby's doctor will also ask you a number of questions. By going to your baby's visit to the doctor knowledgeable and prepared will be beneficial for both you and the doctor. Questions the doctor may ask are:
You know your child best. It is important that you come prepared and know your child's medical history and health. Following are a few things to prepare and bring with you:
A record of immunizations and shots your child received (important if you changed doctors)
A list of any life changes in your child's life such as: a new sibling, serious illness, divorce, etc.
If your child's school requires a back-to-school physical, bring the appropriate forms with you
You will also have questions and concerns about your child's health for your doctor, so come prepared with a list of questions. Examples of few important questions include:
Your child's visit to the doctor is different in comparison to when they were a baby and toddler. Here is what you can expect during your child's visit and questions your doctor will ask:
After your questions and the doctor's questions, the doctor will perform a physical. The doctor or nurse will measure your child's height and weight, check your child's blood pressure, vision, and body parts, and give needed immunizations.
When your child transitions into the adolescent stages of life, the yearly physical to the doctor will be different. From pre-teens to young adults, your child will be experiencing many changes. This is a very crucial point in his or her life, and if you are looking to change doctors, it is important you choose a doctor that not only you trust but more importantly a doctor your adolescent will trust.
At some point, your child will begin going to the physical alone without you in the room, and your role will change to keeping abreast of your child's health and helping them to prepare for what to expect on his or her first visit to the doctor alone. This also gives them the opportunity to learn and take control of their own health.
You should still voice your questions and concerns about your child's health with the doctor. Important questions you may want to ask (but not limited to) are:
Some questions your provider may ask are:
When it is time for the doctor to do the physical, he or she may ask you to leave the room. It is important that you prepare your child for what to expect – something your doctor will also offer you help with.
As always, they will measure your child's weight and height, check blood pressure and body parts—this is why it is important to choose a doctor that you and your child will trust.
Some parts of the physical may be uncomfortable, especially if it is their first time. The doctor will also ask your child questions and even educate them about healthy body images. They may ask personal and private questions if they feel depressed, anxious or any other emotional and mental feelings, sex, and more.
It is important to understand that whatever is discussed between doctor and adolescent may or may not be shared with you. Soon enough your adolescent will be on their own, and getting them to take control of their health now will be beneficial for them and you in the long run.
We hope the information provided will be useful and will prepare you and your child well for their next visit. At Middlesex Hospital Primary Care your health and your relationship with our doctors and staff is our number one priority, we strive to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere and hope that you are satisfied with our services.