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Getting the Most from a Visit with Your Pediatrician

By Dr. Takara Jobe, Chesapeake Pediatrics

As CHKD pediatricians, we’re here to be your partner in the care of your children. Your children’s health, well-being, and development are our primary concern. And with your help, we can ensure your child is reaching his best potential.

Get the most from a visit with your child’s pediatrician with these tips:

  • Before your visit, think of questions or concerns you may have about your child. Prepare your questions in advance so you don’t forget, and speak up during your visit. There is no such thing as a silly question when it comes to your child’s health.
  • Consider bringing a notebook or jotting down notes from your visit in your phone. Keep notes about any new concerns, medications, treatments, or tests that were mentioned during your appointment. Also note any new instructions from your doctor.
  • If your child is given a new medication, don’t leave without understanding the proper dosage and timing, any possible side effects, what the medication is for, and how it will help your child. Also consider asking about other ways your child’s condition can be treated.
  • If your pediatrician orders any tests or procedures, be sure you understand why the test or procedure is needed and what the results could mean for your child.
  • Make sure to schedule any needed follow-up visits, and your child’s next well check, before you leave the office. Write down the date, time, and purpose of any future visits.
  • Be sure you know how to contact your child’s doctor after hours. This is especially important if your child becomes sick, or if you have questions and need advice when the office if closed.

For parents-to-be or families new to the area who are looking for a pediatrician, we encourage you to schedule a get-acquainted visit, or attend a meet and greet event, to get to know our providers and office staff. With 18 pediatric practices in 29 locations throughout Hampton Roads, you’re sure to find a CHKD pediatrician who is right for your family. Learn more about our pediatricians here, or register for a meet and greet here.

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About CHKD Medical Group

About CHKD Medical  Group Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters has been the region’s most trusted name in pediatric care for more than 50 years. As members of CHKD Health System, our pediatricians work closely with CHKD’s full range of pediatric specialists and surgeons. They also share a commitment to quality, excellence and child-centered care. With 18 practices in 29 locations throughout the region, a CHKD pediatrician is never far.