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Preparation for Calling a Physician

Before calling your physician, have a pencil and paper ready and the following information (except in emergencies):

  • Your child's main symptoms

    Note: If your child has a chronic disease, be sure to mention it.

  • Your child's temperature (if he or she is sick)
  • Your child's approximate weight (needed for calculating drug dosages)
  • The names and dosages of any medication your child is taking
  • Your pharmacy's telephone number
  • Your questions written down

Have your child nearby in case something needs to be checked.

Written by B.D. Schmitt, M.D., author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Published by McKesson Provider Technologies.
Last modified: 1998-04-28
Last reviewed: 2006-03-02
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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