Depending on your child’s medical problem, several appointments with pediatric or adolescent specialists may be necessary on the recovery journey. Some conditions may require multiple specialists. The following information will help you as you prepare for your child’s initial appointment:
What to bring
- Visits to virtually all pediatric specialists at Lehigh Valley Health Network are by appointment only. An obvious exception would be the Children’s ER. Urgent appointment times are permitted in appropriate cases.
- If your child is a new patient to a practice, once the appointment is scheduled, a packet of information will be sent to you that includes a patient information sheet and health questionnaire.
- Bring an insurance card, a list of medications and drug allergies and appropriate medical records to the appointment.
What to expect during the appointment
Your child’s initial visit to the specialist will be scheduled as a consultation and should last approximately 30 minutes to an hour. You will receive an appointment reminder via telephone prior to the scheduled visit reminding you of the appointment. You will leave your appointment with your child’s next steps finalized.
Questions you may want to ask your doctor
Prepare as many questions as possible regarding your child’s situation prior to the first appointment. Your health care provider should fully explain the condition of your child and discuss the pros and cons of the proposed treatments and tests in simple terms. Make sure you completely understand your child’s condition and treatment options before you leave the office.