Preparing for your appointment

You may start by seeing your family doctor or your child's pediatrician. He or she may refer you to a pediatric endocrinologist and other specialists as needed.

Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment. Consider taking a family member or friend along for support and to help you remember information.

What you can do

To prepare for the appointment, make a list of:

  • Any signs and symptoms your child has been experiencing, and for how long
  • Your child's key medical information, including recent illnesses, medical conditions, and the names and dosages of any medications, vitamins, herbs or other supplements
  • Questions you want to ask your doctor

Some basic questions to ask your doctor may include:

  • What is likely causing my child's signs and symptoms?
  • Are there any other possible causes for these symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests does my child need?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend?
  • What are the expected results of treatment?
  • What are the possible side effects of treatment?
  • How will you monitor my child's health over time?
  • What is my child's risk of long-term complications?
  • Can you suggest educational materials and local support services?
  • What services are available for early childhood development?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Be ready to answer them to reserve time to go over points you want to focus on. For example, your doctor may ask different questions depending on your child's age.

Questions about your baby:

  • 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?

Questions about early childhood:

  • 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 show extreme stubbornness or throw tantrums?
  • Does your child show any other troubling behaviors?