Before calling your doctor, have a pencil and paper ready and the following information (except in emergencies):
Your child's main symptoms
Note: If your child has a chronic disease, be sure to mention it.
Your child's temperature (if he or she is sick) and how you measured it.
Your child's approximate weight (needed for calculating drug dosages)
The names and dosages of any medication your child is taking
Your pharmacy's telephone number
Your questions written down
Have your child nearby in case something needs to be checked.
Written by Barton D. Schmitt, MD, author of “My Child Is Sick”, American Academy of Pediatrics Books.
Pediatric Advisor 2012.2 published by RelayHealth. Last modified: 2010-06-03 Last reviewed: 2010-06-02
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