Becoming more informed about your child’s health

As a parent, you are no longer only responsible for managing your own health. You also have to take control of your child’s health—and that can be scary. Pediatricians understand how overwhelming it can be for parents to manage their kids’ health, and they are always willing to provide the support that parents need to feel confident about the decisions they make about care for their kids. Getting informed is the first step. Here is what you need to know.

Understand the kind of care that is needed
One of the biggest challenges for parents is knowing when a child needs emergency care, when he or she needs to see the pediatrician, and when to care for symptoms at home. First-time parents often seek a higher level of care than their kids need, and doctors encourage parents to err on the side of caution.

As discussed in the video, it’s important to get to know what is normal and what isn’t for your child. This knowledge will help you act quickly when your child needs emergency care and recognize when you can manage symptoms at home.

Ask questions
During visits with the pediatrician, don’t hesitate to ask questions about your child’s health. The physician wants you to be an active partner in keeping your child healthy, and asking questions is the best way to get informed.

It can help to prepare a list of questions before an appointment so you don’t forget to address any important issues.

Be an advocate
As a parent, you know your child better than any physician. Don’t be afraid to advocate your child’s health if you feel like your concerns are being dismissed.

Advocating for your child’s health also helps you increase your knowledge about the issues that affect him or her, since it will prompt more in-depth conversations with physicians.

From the emergency room to our pediatric intensive care unit , Good Samaritan Hospital is here to be your partner in keeping your child healthy. Visit our ER if your child is having a medical emergency, or call (888) 724-2362 to ask for a referral to a pediatrics specialist in San Jose.

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