You'll likely start by seeing your family doctor or a pediatrician. Depending on the cause of your child's symptoms, you may be referred to a specialist.
What you can do
Before your appointment, you may want to write a list that answers the following questions:
- What symptoms have you noticed, and when did they start?
- Has anyone in your immediate family had similar symptoms?
- What types of food and drink does your child usually consume?
- What medications and supplements does your child take?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
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- How often does your child play outdoors?
- Does your child always wear sunscreen?
- At what age did your child start walking?
- Has your child experienced much tooth decay?
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