When was the last time you visited your pediatrician? What did you do there? Was your child sick or were you just called for the monthly check-ups? Whatever reason you have for visiting your pediatrician, surely, it was fruitful and helpful. Your trusted pediatrician might have some things that they would not want you to know. This could be some embarrassing facts about their clinic or the truth about your child’s health.
Today, at Caring Nurses Services, a growing home care agency in Edgewood MD, we will expose some of the information that your pediatrician might be holding back from you.
- Appointments should not be more than 10 minutes
As parents, we have the tendency to pile up all our concerns in one visit to the pediatrician. Although this is ideal, this should not be done. According to Reader’s Digest; a pediatrician is given only ten minutes maximum for every patient. This means that when you have your turn to talk to your doctor, you must budget your time well. If you have questions, go straight to the point. The reason for this ten-minute time allotment is that doctors also consider those patients waiting outside. They may have bigger health concerns than yours or you might be feeling the same way too. Hence, we need you to be brief and concise.
- You can approach the nurses whenever we are not around
You have already been informed that whenever you need some health advice from your baby’s doctor, you need to schedule an appointment first. But sometimes, unexpected things happen and we need to rush to our trusted pediatricians for help, only to realize they are not in their clinic during that time. The best thing that you can do is to ask for a nurse who can assist you with your needs. Most pediatricians say that nurses know how to handle health concerns of your baby. They can be the next best source of help that you can go to.
- You do not have to wait for us before treating your child
When our child gets sick, we often let a few days pass first before we make a move. We want to see if such fever, cough, or colds are getting worse or if it is just a reaction to some food allergy. This should not be done, especially if it affects the child’s health greatly. Once you see the first symptoms of fever or a cough, you need to give them the medicines that they need. Should you feel the need to have them checked by us, do not rely on us entirely before giving them a dose of that cough medicine. Trust your intuition as parents.
- The biggest lie that we tell is “This will not hurt”
This probably is the most used conversational phrase that every doctor uses. Despite the fact that we know how giving a shot or taking a blood sugar can hurt, we still try to tell our patients that such procedure will not hurt. Later on, when our kids realize how untrue this statement is, they will learn not to trust our words anymore. This is the worst case scenario. But what we’re really trying to say is you do not need to lie and tell them that it won’t hurt. Just tell them directly about what will happen and let them understand that the doctor is doing it to check whether they are healthy or not.
- No medicine is better than the other
It has been a doctor’s ritual to give us prescription medicines when our child is sick. Usually, we give you a particular brand of cough medicine without telling you why we chose that and not the other ones. The only reason for this is a medical representative just paid us a visit and we were convinced to buy the new cough medicine that she is selling. But the truth of the matter is whether a medicine is expensive or not, they have more or less the same effect. They can treat a cough and they can make your child feel better. The only difference is the price.
- The office is germ-filled
The moment you enter your doctor’s clinic, you might have this belief that it is clean and disinfected. Well, it partly is. It is our duty to keep our offices clean and child-friendly. However, we cannot control the number of people going in and out of the clinic. Because of this, bacterial growth might be faster than normal. What we can suggest is that while waiting for your turn, you do not have to stay inside the whole time. You can go out sometimes and let your child explore the hallways just so you cannot catch the germs that might have been accumulated in the office.
To know more about pediatric care, visit us today at Caring Nurses Services. For details, you can visit our office at 260 Gateway Drive, Suite 1-2A Edgewood, MD 210. You can also call us at 410-676-2222, or visit our website at www.caringnurse.org.
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