When it comes to our kid’s health, we’d do just about anything, I know I would – and we know that most all parents feel the same. Doctors of pediatrics are special folks indeed, able to relate with the child, gain their trust, and figure out what’s going on – all the while talking with the concerned parent, on the emotional edge, it’s a tough job. Indeed, perhaps it’s the toughest job in all of healthcare or medicine, except maybe choosing the best one for your family.
Luckily, in any community the medical practitioners know who the good doctors are and they listen to their patients and their recommendations, as well as their complaints. Since, kids are one of our emotional hot buttons it’s impossible to keep all parents happy when it comes to pediatrics, pediatrics medicine, or in-hospital pediatricians. They all do the best they can, and they all learn to deal with totally stressed out parents.
The patients, the kids themselves, well; they are the easy part usually. It’s amazing how resilient they are when it comes to their own conditions, hardships, or diseases. It’s really the parents you have to watch out for, just ask any pediatrician, they’ll tell you, hopefully with a sense of humor which comes with the job – and the adversity which builds their character.
As our kids reach adolescent ages, things get a little trickier, for the parents and the doctors. There are something teens won’t tell their parents or their doctors, but the doctors seem to have a sixth sense about it all. Now then, as a parent you are probably wondering what to expect right? Well, for broken bones it’s pretty straight forward, the doctor will have advice, but your teen won’t listen. Luckily, kids bones heal fast, and they are amazingly adaptable.
For other more serious issues, it’s you the parent who will probably bear the brunt of the emotional trauma, so make sure you look in your own mirror and take it in stride, ask for the straight goods from the doctor. Read their face and their words. But before you even go in, make sure your kid’s doctor comes highly recommended from both other parents and the medical professionals in your city or town. That is by far the best and safest way to get a professional and qualified doctor for your child, or teen.
Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it. Be sure to email me with any additional comments, concerns, or questions.