What to Do After Your Child’s Hospital Visits

When your child visits the hospital for an injury or illness, follow-up visits with his or her doctor are an important part of treatment. Here’s what to do!

June 30, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

Getting the right care after your child visits the hospital or emergency room (ER) can help him or her have a safe and healthy recovery. Here are some tips on how to follow up on your child’s hospital visits.

Ask for a Report

 

Before your child leaves the hospital, ask the staff to send a report of your child’s visit to his or her pediatrician. The report should include your child’s diagnosis and treatment plan, including any required follow-up visits.

 

Call Your
Child’s Doctor

 

Call your child’s doctor’s office and confirm that they received the report, and that his or her pediatrician is aware of the hospital visit. If your child’s doctor recommends it, make an appointment for a follow-up or well-child visit.

 

Go to All
Scheduled Appointments

 

Make sure your child goes to all recommended appointments, even if s/he feels fine. Your child’s doctor may ask about your child’s health and how s/he is improving or healing. Ask what you can do at home to help his or her progress, and any other questions you may have. Encourage your child to ask questions, too.

 

Know Who to
Contact and When

 

Have your child’s doctor’s contact information available in case you have more questions or concerns about your child’s treatment or recovery, or if your child is in any pain. If your child is in extreme pain, or in the event of an emergency, always call 9-1-1 right away.

 
 

Does your child get nervous about going to the doctor? Here are five tips for keeping calm.

 

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This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

Sources
“Following Up with Your Child’s Pediatrician After an ER Visit,” Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. March 24, 2017.
http://blog.losrobleshospital.com/blog/2017/march/following-up-with-your-childs-pediatrician-after.aspx

“Working with your child’s healthcare team,” After the Injury. May 8, 2014.
https://www.aftertheinjury.org/after-the-hospital

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