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7 Parenting Truths Pediatricians Tell Their Friends

September 09, 2017
  It's Not Your Checkup

"It's always awkward when I'm trying to engage a child during a visit and the mom or dad keeps answering my questions. From the time your little one can hold a conversation, I want to talk to him about what his favorite foods are or what he likes to do. It makes the appointment more fun, but more important, it allows me to build a relationship with your child. Right now you're in the exam room with him, but when he's starting middle school, I'm going to ask for five to 10 minutes alone with him to find out what's going on in his life that he might not want to bring up in front of you. Even if there's not much now, there will be by 14 or 15, so it's important he feels comfortable sharing." -Vicki Iannotti, M.D., Associate Chief Of General Pediatrics At Maria Fareri Children's Hospital Of The Westchester Medical Center Health Network In Valhalla, NY

NYMC Faculty: Vicki A. Iannotti, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics
Source: MSN