The ins and outs of doctor's visits for the little ones in the family.
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Taking Baby to the Doctor's Office Rhiannon Ally: Taking your baby to the doctor’s office can be stressful between the wait times and the sick kids. Juli got some tips to make your next doctor’s appointment go smoothly. Juli Auclair: Between the wait times and avoiding the other sick kids taking your baby for a while visit to the doctor’s office has become something that a lot of parents have really come too dreary. It’s just not that fun, is it? Jessica Heartshorn: No. Juli Auclair: No. But Jessica Heartshorn from American Baby Magazine issue to help us, she is going to tell us how we can survive these trips. It’s great to see you. Jessica Heartshorn: It’s great to see you. Juli Auclair: We need help with this because it’s not a lot of fun as we just said and sometimes isn’t it a matter of just making appointment at a particular time that can make the experience that much better. Jessica Heartshorn: Right, because a lot of kids gets sick over the weekends. The biggest is Friday night and the family has to wait until Monday morning -- Juli Auclair: Which is not convenient when they get sick, is it? Jessica Heartshorn: So especially in that first year of your baby’s life when you’re doing a well visit every month you know, you’re in there all the time just avoid Mondays because all the sick kids are in there Monday morning. Juli Aucliar: Okay. Good idea. Jessica Heartshorn: But first thing in the morning is a good idea, that’s not Monday. So first thing in the morning, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, that can all be good, or right after the walk-in hours then, like somebody there’s a walk-in hours from eight to nine and so maybe if you make your appointment from for 9:30. The stuff will also be fresh in the office. You won’t be running behind it. Juli Auclair: When you call up the doctor’s office sometimes I think parents want to just bypass the person who’s answering the phone and get straight to the doctor but it’s kind of important to give the receptionist a lot of information about why you want to see the doctor. Jessica Heartshorn: Right and not be like stealth and be like “I think my child is sick and I need to get in right away.” If you’re actually going because your child is constipated then just be honest, they hear everything on the phone. Just say it. Juli Auclair: They’ll be able to help you without coming there. Jessica Heartshorn: They spent three days since they’ve had a dirty diaper, I think they need to -- you know just give her all the information because she might give you some helpful hints to try before you come in or shall at least book you for the 20 minutes you need to talk to the doctor and so the 10 minutes that a sick visit usually is. Juli Auclair: One of the worst parts is actually the waiting room. So many sick kids, they’re coughing, they’re sneezing, and they’re all playing with the same toys that are kind of germy by the end of the day. Jessica Heartshorn: There’s an old gum in it. Juli Auclair: Yeah, what do we do? Jessica Heartshorn: Well, there are lots of things you can do. You can bring your own toys and snacks. First of all, you know you’re in for a wait. Like don’t go in there with nothing because you know you’ll probably spend an hour. Have something for the baby to drink, something to eat, some toys of your own and then also you don’t have to necessarily sit in that chair and wait the whole time. You can ask -- you can tell the secretary “We’re just going to go and walk in the hallway, do you think we’re going to be in another 20 minutes, we might go walk outside for a little bit.” You can even give them your cell phone number. Maybe they can call you but it’s not like Tuesdays or Fridays where you get a buzz around when you -- Juli Auclair: It would be nice though. That’s a good idea. Jessica Heartshorn: You can escape the waiting room short period as long as you keep checking in to see if they need you. Juli Auclair: And some doctors

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