Preparing for your appointment

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what you might expect from your doctor. Preparing ahead of time can help you make the most of your time with the doctor. You may want to bring a family member or friend to the appointment for support and to help you remember information.

What you can do

Before your appointment, make a list of:

  • Any symptoms you've noticed in your daughter, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for the appointment
  • Your daughter's developmental milestones and when she met them, such as learning to say her first word or learning to walk
  • Key personal information about your pregnancy, including any significant illnesses you may have experienced or any medications that you may have used
  • Any problems your daughter may be having with learning, emotions or behavior
  • Questions to ask your child's doctor

Some basic questions to ask the doctor 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 if my daughter has developmental delays or learning disabilities?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed materials that I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask any other questions during your appointment.

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. Your doctor may ask:

  • When did you first notice your daughter's symptoms?
  • Does anything seem to improve the symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen the symptoms?
  • Did your daughter achieve developmental milestones on time, such as learning to talk or walk?
  • Has your daughter had any problems in school or other settings?