Best prep for your kid’s doc appointment

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When somebody needs to see the doctor, it’s best to make the most of your visit, said Dr. Hannah Chow, Loyola University Health System pediatrician, who shares this advice:

•  Ask your most important questions first. Bring a list of questions. Keep it short.

•  Make good use of the office nurse. Sometimes the nurse can answer your questions by phone right away. A doctor may not be able to call you back until the end of the day.

•  Make sure your phone number and address are correct in your chart.

•  Never assume no news is good news regarding tests, labs, X-rays and other similar results. Always contact your doctor’s office if you do not receive a test result in the expected time frame.

•  Fill out papers to the best of your ability. If the doctor needs to sign a release to the school to give your child medication, fill out which drug and which child.

•  Don’t bring too many other children to the appointments.

•  Schedule annual physicals early. Doctors’ offices get very busy for back-to-school and sports appointments.

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