We’ve all had it happen, you’ve been thinking of a question to ask, but when the doctor comes in, you start answering all the doctors’ questions and discussing the new ones that come up. You completely forget to ask your question and sometimes forget you even had one!
Many families I have worked with have found it helpful to carry some paper or an electronic device they can save their questions and the answers on, such as an iPad, laptop, or cell phone. It seems simple enough to remember a question or answer, but when our bodies and minds are under stress, it’s helpful to have a reminder.
It’s also important to remember kids and teens have questions too. Write down their questions and encourage them to talk with the medical team, as well. It’s a great way to help them feel a part of process and for everyone to know what to expect.
If your child or teen asks you about something you don’t have an answer to, that’s okay. You don’t need to have all the answers. Keep in mind, one of the best things you can do, is just answer what you know and let your child know you will talk with the doctor together to make sure you both get all your questions answered.
In future posts, I’ll provide some tips on how to help kids and teens understand their medical experiences by providing ways to phrase medical information that is child friendly and appropriate for their age and development. This will help you feel more comfortable answering their questions and sharing information.
What kinds of questions has your child or teen asked you about their medical care?