Being a parent is an absolutely amazing experience, but it is also exhausting and brings a lot of responsibility. From the second your child is born, you, as a parent are now responsible to protect this tiny human in every aspect of life. When your child becomes sick, as a parent you often feel helpless. Even if it a common cold or small scratch; it is hard to see your child in pain or uncomfortable.
You feel especially helpless if your child develops a medical condition that you feel is undiagnosed or improperly treated. Too many of us have had experiences where you take your child to see a pediatrician or to an urgent care and are told something similar to “nothing is wrong, it’s common for parents to overreact.” While this is true, it is often NOT the case. Parents are often, blown-off far to easy. If you have a gut feeling that something is wrong with your child or something is not being properly addressed..trust your motherly (or fatherly) instinct! And if your wrong…it is 100% okay.
A good healthcare provider who has your child’s best interest will not be offended by a parent asking more questions or wanting another opinion. If you do experience this, then maybe its time to find a new healthcare provider. A trusting relationship with your child’s pediatrician or other healthcare provider is essential. You are trusting this professional’s advise in areas you are less educated in. Their response to your child’s symptoms and general wellbeing is detrimental. But remember it is YOUR child. You have to feel comfortable with how this provider is managing your child’s care.
While it is easy to do, try not to feel embarrassed asking questions if something doesn’t make since. You are your child’s advocate and they need you.
If you find yourself struggling for undiagnosed symptoms or a sense of uncertainty, then what do you do? Do not feel alone. Like the saying goes…It takes a village.
Pathway Patient Advocates can help. We understand your struggle and will help you in your path to finding a provider that best aligns with your comfort level. One that you can build a trusting relationship with. We can help you find second opinions and feel settled about your decisions. We are here for you and your family. Together, we got this!