Every parent has a slightly different approach to raising their children. But when you’re talking to your pediatrician about your child’s health, it’s important to not let your personal preferences about child-rearing get in the way of an experienced doctor’s advice.
“Most of the time, parents do know what is best for their kids – after all, they know them better than anyone else,” said Dinest Patel, MD, pediatrician at Camilla Pediatric Center. “But when it comes to some topics, your child’s pediatrician really does know what he or she is talking about.”
Agree to Disagree
If you’re trying to set limits around screen time, sugar consumption or seasonal health and safety, like sun exposure, your pediatrician can help you find the right balance that works for your family. This balance will likely change as your kids get older.
“Your provider can help you assess what works and what’s not working, if you feel like something has become a problem,” Dr. Patel said.
If you’re worried about antibiotic use or medication safety, your doctor can discuss their pros and cons, including the best way to store medication to prevent poisoning.
Sometimes There’s Only One Safe Way
If you have a new baby, there’s only one safe way for it to sleep – alone, in a crib, on his or her back. If your kids are riding bikes, they need helmets, whether or not you grew up wearing them.
While you might have spent your youth riding in the back of pickup trucks, your child is required by law to both use a car seat or booster and sit in the backseat of your car with a fastened seatbelt. Florida and Georgia laws differ slightly on this, and your pediatrician can help make sure your child’s car seat is safe and age-appropriate.
Talk Through The Issues
Two of the easiest ways to protect your children is to make sure they stay on top of recommended vaccines and practice gun safety at home.
“There has been a lot of misinformation about both issues in recent years,” Dr. Patel said. “But pediatricians are trained to listen to your concerns and help you understand the science behind their recommendations.”
Need more advice? Schedule an appointment with an Archbold pediatrician today at archbold.org.