Talking with Your Child's Doctor

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Before your child is admitted, you will want to talk with your child's doctor.  As part of you child's care team, you want to know as much about your child's condition and treatment as possible.  Don't hesitate to ask.

Condition and Treatment

  • Do you have any written information you can provide me so I can learn more about my child's condition?
  • Before being admitted to the hospital, will my child need to have any tests? 
  • Can you explain what will be done while my child is in the hospital?
  • While at the hospital, who should I talk with if I have questions about my child's care?
  • When and how will I learn about test results?
  • If my child is in pain, how will that be managed?
  • Will there be a follow-up visit after my child is discharged?


  • Do I have all the information I need for any newly prescribed medicine (what it is for, how to take it, how much to take, special considerations and side effects, is the prescription readable and understandable)?
  • Are there any foods my child should not eat while taking the medicine? Is it OK to break, chew, crumble or mix the medicine (empty capsule and mix with applesauce or juice)?
  • How do I prepare and store the medicine?
  • Is the medicine safe if my child is allergic to some medicines?
  • When should I see my child start to get better?
  • Does this medicine affect any dietary supplements that my child is on (such as Pediasure, Ensure)?


  • Are there any support groups where I can talk with other parents?
  • Are you aware of any other resources?



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