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Handling Your Child's Medical Issues

It's hard not to feel helpless when your child is ill, but remaining focused and organized is the best way to be an effective advocate for your child. Find information to help you understand your child's condition, tests and treatments, and tools and support to help you put that information to use.
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Medical Diagnosis Index
Use this alphabetical index to find information on your child's medical issues, or a diagnosis you're curious about.

How to Pick a Pediatrician
There's more to picking a pediatrician for a child with special needs than finding the finest physician. You'll also want to think about things like how far you'll drive, how long you'll wait, and how well you'll be listened to. Learn more about the five factors you should consider before choosing your child's doctor.

What Parents Want from Doctors and Hospitals
Cases of parents battling hospitals for the continued care of their children have been turning up in the media lately. But parents have been feeling disrespected and misunderstood by the medical profession for a lot longer than that. Here are eight things medical professionals could do to improve relationships with parents, and care for their...

Book Excerpt: Find the Right Emergency Department
In an excerpt from "The Smart Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illness, and Accidents," author Jennifer Trachtenberg, MD, offers advice for checking out emergency rooms before you need them so you'll know just where to go in a crisis.

Make a Care Notebook
Keeping track of records, reports, hospitalizations, doctor's names, prescriptions, and all the other details of a special-needs child's medical care can be a daunting task. Putting everything together in a notebook -- with the help of downloadable forms -- can help you feel more organized and in control.

Share Your Story Online
The internet is a great place to get information to help your family, but it can also be a place to share information about your family -- to inspire or inform others, to gain support, to facilitate communication, to make dreams come true.

Pick a Dentist for Your Child With Special Needs
There's more to picking a dentist for a child with special needs than finding the top tooth expert. You'll also want to think about things like how far you'll drive, how your child will be restrained, and how well you'll be listened to. Learn more about the five factors you should consider before choosing your child's dentist.

Sites of the Day: Medical Issues
Listing of sites on medical special needs that have been featured as a About Parenting Special Needs Site of the Day.

Enterprising Parents: Apparel and Accessories Index
Looking for specialized apparel and accessories for a child with special needs? Consider these online stores run by parents just like you. They've taken what worked for them and marketed it to help other parents; maybe their discoveries will work for you, too.

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