If your child has been adopted domestically or internationally, you should take them to a pediatrician once they are home for a complete medical checkup. A doctor’s visit, especially a new experience, can be daunting for you, but it may be quite overwhelming for your child. The following are some tips and advice for what you can expect at your child’s first post-adoption doctor visit.
Before the appointment
First, you will need to choose a doctor who is suitable for your child. Choosing your child’s doctor is an important decision, with several factors to consider. Choose a doctor with a trauma-informed approach or one who works at a clinic dedicated to working with adopted children.
Schedule your child’s first appointment before you travel or before placement. The first appointment should be scheduled one to three week after your child returns home. Whether before or after placement, work to gather as much information as you can on your child’s medical history and background.
Speak to your child. Especially for children who have entered your family through adoption, a doctor’s visit…