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Calling a Doctor: Preparation for

Before calling your doctor, have a pencil and paper ready and the following information (except in emergencies):

  • Your child's main symptoms
  • Your child's temperature (if he or she is sick) and how you measured it.
  • Your child's approximate weight (needed for calculating drug dosages)
  • If your child has a chronic disease, be sure to mention it. Never assume the person you are speaking to already knows this.
  • The names and dosages of any medication your child is taking.
  • Your pharmacy's telephone number
  • Your questions written down

Have your child nearby in case your doctor wants you to check something.

Written by Barton D. Schmitt, MD, author of “My Child Is Sick,” American Academy of Pediatrics Books.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.3 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2012-05-15
Last reviewed: 2014-06-10
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
Copyright ©1986-2015 Barton D. Schmitt, MD FAAP. All rights reserved.
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