How Your Child Can Benefit From Building a Long-Term Relationship with Their Pediatrician
Let’s imagine a situation. Your next door neighbor Mary has a daughter, Ava, who is diagnosed with dyslexia. This is already such a confusing and uncomfortable illness that, a child facing it must have complete support and understanding from anyone they interact with, so they may not feel like the odd one out. Ava’s parents, friends and family are all very supportive. Her pediatrician has been well aware of the specific care Ava needs, and Ava feels extremely comfortable with her too. This allows Ava’s parents to feel at ease, as well as allows Ava to adjust and listen to religiously anything her pediatrician advises. This will definitely be for Ava’s best and her speedy recovery. Now, think about this: your child must have a good long-term relationship with their pediatrician. There are a number of reasons for this, which will be discussed further as we go on.
Building a Relationship upon Trust
Doctor’s are as close to us, as our family and relatives and possibly even more closer – they know everything about our health and body, that even we are probably not so closely aware of. With that said, could you imagine changing your doctor ever couple of years? That doesn’t sound rational. Once you would get to be acquainted with your doctor on good terms and trusting them entirely, would you suddenly switch to another doctor, or let your doctor go? Exactly, you wouldn’t. The same notion applies to your child and their pediatrician. Children are naturally distrustful of adults who are basically strangers to them and they are not wrong about that might I add. It takes a good amount of time for your child to put up a innocent yet relationship build on trust with their pediatrician, so that they may allow them to take care of them, in a way they would allow their parents to.
Your Pediatrician can Understand Your Child
Once your child is used to their pediatrician and the long term relationship they share, not only will your child feel more comfortable in going to medical check-up’s every few weeks, but also will their pediatrician be able to effectively understand your child’s health and provide suitable recommendations and treatments for whatsoever may be suitable to them. Their pediatrician will also be well aware of what treatments are likely to be the most efficient when your child does come across a health concern. Not only will this be to the benefit of your child and their pediatrician, but as parent’s, you will also feel at ease, knowing you have given your child in trustworthy hands. This relationship will also save you; both time and money, and your child will be treated in the best possible way.
Collecting a Comprehensive Medical History
Just as your child gain’s attachment with their pediatrician’s, it is a two-way street and pediatricians feel the same. They have been acquainted with your child/children since they were young babies, and are well aware of each and every small mishap or health concern that may have arose in the passage of the years. Not only are they aware of such, but they are the ones who have treated those health concerns in the first place. Just like family, they see your child age over the years, their heights and weights grow. Your child’s long-term care provider doesn’t just see statistics on paper, they see a real person, and they know how to read between the lines of the data stated in your child’s medical records.
When and if your child switches pediatricians over and over time, it creates a great challenge for their care providers when they have to start from scratch in constructing a connection with your kid. Even with the transfer of records, the on`-on-one, provider-patient interface is absent and hence, such comprehensive care may not be provided.
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