What should I take to my paediatrician appointment?

When you make an appointment to see your paediatrician it is a good idea to check what information may be required.

This varies depending on the reason for the appointment.

If your child is under the age of 2 it is very likely that the paediatrician will need to look at your child’s  ” baby book”.This is the book which midwives, doctors and nurses write in at your regular check-ups and immunisation appointments. In Queensland, where I work, the book has a red plastic cover and we call it the” red book”

If you are able to find it after the age of 2, it is worth bringing to your first appointment with the paediatrician anyway.

If the appointment is about school difficulties, then you should try to access any reports or assessments form school as well as any assessments undertaken by psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and other professionals who have been involved in your child’s care.

When transferring care form one paediatrician to another, if possible access any letters written by your previous paediatrician to your GP as these are often a good summary of the ” story so far” for your child.

At the end of the day, your paediatrician would prefer to have too much than too little information.