Making The Most of Your Child’s Craniofacial Healthcare Appointments
As parents, you are an especially important part of your child’s craniofacial team. You and your family will have input into your child’s treatment plan, and you will be asked to make certain decisions on behalf of your child. To make the best decisions, you need to understand all the options available to you and your child. The following suggestions are intended to prepare you to make informed decisions as you interact with your child’s healthcare professionals.
Your child will often be seen by multiple clinicians from different specialties during a single visit at a craniofacial center. An advantage of this approach is that it prevents you from having to make multiple appointments at each healthcare professional’s individual office. However, it can initially be overwhelming to meet with many clinicians at once. During such a visit, the healthcare providers will ask you and your child many questions and often talk amongst themselves. Open communication is essential for a successful partnership. It is particularly important that your child’s doctor and other team members explain all the options to you. Do not hesitate to ask the clinicians any questions you may have.
When interacting with healthcare professionals, you may notice that clinicians from different fields often use different terminology. While it can be challenging at first, as you communicate more with clinicians from various fields, you will become increasingly comfortable translating between the specialties.