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January 4th, 2009, 12:27 PM
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TRUST your pediatrician, but know they aren't the "end all, be all" expert on your child. YOU are that expert.

Do your online research, ask other mommies for their experience. Many doctors DO appreciate an educated mommy, so educate yourself.

I have seen several specialists in the last three years for my son.....every time I go armed with more information than I need. My most recent example? I took a photo array of my son's allergic reactions to bug bites to the allergist. This allowed her to see the progression of the reactions. Better to be prepared than to sit there trying to remember what the doctor said.

If you have more than one issue when seeing the pedi, take a list. I do this ALL.THE.TIME. I keep a list in my purse starting about 2 weeks prior to check up appointments and add to it as I think of things.

I also agree that lots of people will give you advice, some that you didn't even ask for. You don't have to follow a single bit of it. Do what you feel is best for your child. What works for me and mine, won't necessarily work for you and yours. Ask any mom of more than 1, even the same tricks don't work in the same family.
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