When you take your baby to his or her doctor, it's a good idea to be prepared for your appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
To prepare for your appointment, you can:
- Track your baby's crying episodes, including when and how often they occur, how long they last, and any observations you've made about your baby's behavior before, during and after the episodes.
- Write down how you've tried to soothe your baby and the results.
- Record your baby's diet and feeding schedule, as well as weight gain or loss.
- Write down questions to ask your baby's doctor.
Preparing a list of questions helps make the most of your time with your baby's doctor. For colic, some basic questions to ask include:
- Does my baby have colic or is there another reason for the crying episodes?
- What effects can colic have on my baby's growth and development?
- Are there any effective treatments for colic?
- How can my family and I cope with the crying?
- Do you have brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
During your appointment, don't hesitate to ask any other questions as they occur to you.
What to expect from your doctor
Your baby's doctor is likely to ask a number of questions, such as:
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- Can you describe a typical crying episode? When does it occur? How long does it last? What does your baby's cry sound like?
- What things do you do to try to soothe your baby? How well do those things work?
- Does your baby have any problems with eating?
- What do you feed your baby, and how often do you feed him or her?
- How often and how much does your baby spit up?
- Does your baby ever seem to have trouble breathing during these episodes?
- How do you cope when your baby is crying? What about the rest of your family?
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