Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Well-baby visits

If you have a newborn infant, it's important to go to all regularly scheduled well-baby visits. These checkups can help identify early signs of poor growth and development, which can be signs of Prader-Willi syndrome or other disorders.

At each visit, your child's health care provider measures your baby's height, weight and head circumference. This enables your provider to track changes and identify problems. The provider also tests your child's muscle tone by seeing how your child responds to having his or her legs and arms moved. The complete physical exam includes checking the genitals for abnormalities.

Be prepared to answer questions that your baby's provider is likely to ask, such as:

  • How often and how much does your baby eat?
  • Does your baby have any problems sucking?
  • How well does your baby wake up?
  • Does your baby seem listless, weak or sick?

If you have any concerns about your baby's health between well-baby visits, schedule an appointment.

Visits during childhood

If you have concerns about your older child's weight gain, eating habits or other behaviors, schedule an appointment with your child's health care provider. Your provider may ask you questions such as:

  • How much does your child eat?
  • Does he or she constantly look for food?
  • Does your child eat any unusual items or steal or sneak food?
  • Does your child eat to the point of vomiting?
  • Does your child show extreme stubbornness or throw tantrums?
  • Does your child show any other troubling behaviors?

If your provider believes that your child shows signs of Prader-Willi syndrome or suggests diagnostic tests, consider asking these questions:

  • When will we know the results of the tests?
  • How often should we schedule follow-up visits?
  • What treatments and care strategies do you recommend?
  • How will we know whether the treatment is helping?
  • What kind of diet should be followed?
  • How many daily calories are appropriate for my child?
  • Can you suggest educational materials and local support services?
  • What services are available for early childhood development?
April 17, 2014