5 Tips for Making Every Doctor’s Visit Count When Your Child Has Angelman Syndrome

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by Emily Malcolm, PhD |

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Effectively managing your child’s health can be extremely challenging. There is a lot to keep track of with chronic medical conditions, but staying organized can help.

Here are 5 tips for making each doctor’s visit count when you have a child with Angelman syndrome.

Make a list of your concerns

Does your child show noticeable new symptoms or behaviors, or changes in existing ones? What have you noticed since the last doctor visit?

Has a change in medication helped, or might there be side effects that you have questions about?

Make a list of your concerns before the visit, so that you can get all of your questions answered.

Keep your records together

Keep your child’s medical records together and take them with you for the visit.

It’s a good idea to keep records packaged together with your health insurance information. Also keep a current list of all medications and supplements, as well as the frequency of their use and dose given, with this package.

If your child is on a special diet, record it so this information is close at hand for the visit.

Have a plan for the appointment

What are your goals for the appointment? Is it a follow-up to a procedure or for a test? Do you need to discuss a medication change, a new symptom, or something you’re curious about?

Have a plan to make sure that everything you need to accomplish can be done during the appointment.

Record your appointment

A lot can be covered, even in routine doctor’s visits, and it’s easy to lose track of small details or miss something important. Use an app on your phone or other device to record the doctor’s recommendations. Make sure you get your doctor’s permission before you start recording, and review the recordings soon after the appointment.

Update your treatment plan

At the end of every appointment, ask the doctor to review the treatment plan for your child. A treatment plan is a detailed package of information about a person’s disease, the goals of treatment, various treatment options, and potential side effects and concerns.

Update your child’s treatment plan after every appointment. If your child is in daycare or at school, ensure that the school’s copy of the treatment plan is also updated with each appointment, even if no changes have been made. Review the treatment plan with your child’s teacher and, if available, school nurse to make sure they understand the treatment plan and any changes made to it.


Last updated: August 19, 2019


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