Has it ever happened to you?
You bring your kid to the doctor and they just start talking to you like your kid’s not there.
This post is addressed to all pediatricians out there:
Pediatricians remember: Kids hear what you are saying and understand a lot of what you tell their parents.
When my son was 6 years old, he was really short.
My pediatrician began to discuss his height with us, and told us in a very serious manner that my son’s height doesn’t even plot on the charts, and that he would like to send him for further tests to rule out any abnormalities.
He proceeded to refer him to an endocrinologist for a wrist scan to check his bone age.
After this episode my son definitely became more self conscious about his height.
I had a similar episode with my son’s ENT, who we were meeting with to discuss a possible adenoidectomy.
He very emphatically stated in front of my son that removing his adenoids will really hurt.
After the appointment my son ended up obssessing about the impending surgery, and crying he didn’t want it, for three weeks up until the surgery.
P.S. His post-op pain was minimal.
All it takes is a little thought before meeting your little patients!
And for Moms and Dads, a little reminder to the pediatrician before your visit can’t hurt!
For the flip side, see What Not to Say to the Pediatrician.