6 Things You Should Discuss With Your Child’s Doctor

On the Way Home From DoctorMy son was still running a fever all day yesterday so I decided to schedule him an appointment to go see the doctor.  We got to the doctor’s office and my son was talking up a storm and seemed happy.  He wasn’t acting sick at all and I was worried that the doctor wouldn’t find anything wrong with him.  After all he is almost 2 and it is possible that his 2 year old molars will be coming in soon.  While waiting for the doctor, we read several books together.  The doctor finally comes into the room and checks him over.  Nothing stands out and she ordered some tests to determine if he had a mild case of the flu or strep throat.

Disclosure: This blog post is for informational purposes only.  If you feel that your child needs to be seen by a doctor any reason not listed in this post, please contact your child’s doctor or health care provider for an appointment.

The doctor then leaves the room and sends the nurse in to do the dirty work.  I hold my son in my lap using the football hold, his head was in my lap and his feet were tucked under my arm nicely.  I held him down so that the nurse could easily swab his throat.  He didn’t care for the tickle on the throat and just when he thought it was over with the nurse comes at his nose with a swab.  After a few snuggles, he quickly gets over his throat and nose encounters with the nurse.  The nurse comes back into the room a few minutes later and let me know that he had strep throat.  This was good news because I knew that it was easily treatable and he would be back to his normal self in a few days.

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13 responses to “6 Things You Should Discuss With Your Child’s Doctor”

  1. Katrina Avatar

    I love how you share your story and then follow up with some great advice.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Thank you Katrina, I love adding my personal story to help make my content personal and relevant for other parents.

  2. Carla J Gardiner Avatar

    This article really took me back to the time my infant daughter was really sick with a high fever. Finally I took her to the ER and they gave her a shot of Penicillin. Her symptoms did not improve so the next day I took her to the pediatrician. He found she had Herpes and they were down her mouth, throat and she was one very sick little girl. She had picked up the virus at daycare from all the kids putting toys in their mouths. She has finally outgrown the outbreaks.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Aww, it is tough to know when they are just teething or if they have something else going on. So far knock on wood, we have been able to avoid the ER but we have been to urgent care a few times.

  3. Pat Moon Avatar

    I understand exactly what you mean when you get to the doctor’s office with your sick child and they then seem normal. I can not tell you how many times that happened to me while my children were young. But for the most part, there really was something wrong so I was glad I had made the decision to take them. Even if they could not find anything wrong, it was good to know that as well.

    1. Christy Avatar

      In fact, sometimes when I take him to the doctor his fever will magically disappear and he will act normal. The doctor told me that is typical even if they are sick.

  4. Katrina Avatar

    Great post. It’s so hard with little ones when they can’t tell us how they feel.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Exactly Katrina.

  5. Carele Belanger Avatar

    very good advice. It is always important not to wait too long before seeing the doctor.

  6. Carl Mason-Liebenberg Avatar

    I often feel as though I missed out on a significant journey in life by not having kids…then, I read articles like this about kids and think I’d worry myself to death…great advice!

    1. Christy Avatar

      Parenting isn’t easy, I am glad you enjoyed this post. When it comes to caring for your kids, I found that trusting my instincts work pretty well.

  7. Lorii Abela Avatar

    Good advice. Being a mother is the toughest job especially if your kids are still toddlers. It’s important to check on your children because they get sick easily. It’s good to know these tips, thank you for sharing.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Thank you Lorii, it is tough it seems as if they get sick every other week when they are younger.