"I'm Concerned About My Child..."
Something doesn't seem right.
What do you do?
The First Step
Schedule an appointment with your child's pediatrician immediately. Trust your instincts. If you have concerns about your child's health or development, don't wait for a 'well appointment' - go ahead a schedule a 'sick appointment.'
Visit this website from the CDC: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/concerned.html
You will find information on milestones, including a checklist you can take to your doctor for your child's age group - you can give the checklist to a relative to get feedback on what they say, as well. This page also has links on how to talk to your child's doctor, or another parent about a potential delay or problem. This site also gives important next steps for what to do if you suspect a delay in development. The best resource page I have found!
|The Second Step||
1) Write down everything you need to tell your child's doctor. Document every behavior or physical problem that is concerning you, so that you can be prepared when you see your child's doctor. Ask someone else who is close to your family, or a teacher or other person who has mentioned their concerns, to tell you exactly what they are worried about and write that down to. If you have a few days before your appointment, make a list of behaviors or physical issues and chart how many times a behavior happens. Use the CDC site as a guide.
2) Write down everything your child's physician tells you at your child's appointment. You may want to bring someone with you to help you take notes. It will be very helpful after your child's appointment is over to have this information to refer to. It is not unusual for parents to experience some shock or a sense of unreality if they receive difficult news at an appointment. In that case, making the effort to write down your doctor's assessment will help you understand what is being said.
Never assume you can diagnose your child from a website.
Searching symptoms on the web for either a medical problem or a developmental issue may give you a few ideas as to what could be wrong, but caution is needed, as this may also lead to unnecessary alarm over worst-case scenerios.
Be aware, be informed, and consult your child's doctor.
|(These statements and suggestions are in no way intended to be construed as medical advice or as advice from a medical professional.)|
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