Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're concerned about your daughter's development, make an appointment to talk about it with your family doctor or pediatrician.

Because appointments can be brief, and there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to arrive well prepared. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what you might expect from your doctor.

What you can do

  • Write down any symptoms you've noticed in your daughter, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Write down key personal information, including any significant illnesses you may have experienced during pregnancy or any medications that you may have used during pregnancy. Also, try to recall when your daughter met developmental milestones, such as learning to say her first word or learning to walk.
  • Write down questions to ask your child's doctor.

Your time with your daughter's doctor may be limited, so preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time together. For triple X syndrome, some basic questions you might want to ask include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my daughter's symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests does she need? Do these tests require any special preparation?
  • How might this condition affect her?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • My daughter has other health conditions. How can we best manage these conditions together?
  • What services are available to help my daughter with developmental delays or learning disabilities?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?

In addition to the questions that you've prepared in advance, don't hesitate to ask questions you may think of during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over points you want to spend more time on. Your doctor may ask:

  • When did you first notice your daughter's symptoms?
  • Does anything seem to improve your daughter's symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen the symptoms?
  • Did your daughter achieve developmental milestones on time, such as learning to talk or walk?
Nov. 08, 2012