Resources For Parents
- Whatever you do, and if you are concerned about your child’s normal development, please check with your pediatrician.
- Do not be afraid to voice your concerns.
- Request a referral to a pediatric neurologist, or take an appointment for your child yourself.
- When you go to see a specialist, anticipate your questions and write them down before you go, so you are prepared.
- All the main academic hospitals in the Beirut area have pediatric neurology services.
- Once your child is diagnosed, inform yourselves as best you can.
- Do look at websites and the internet, but beware of believing every word you read. There is a lot of misinformation out there. Ask your pediatrician or pediatric neurologist to confirm or dismiss information.
- Do not begin medication on your own. There are many interactions amongst drugs that will not be apparent to you but that your physician may know a lot more about.
- Please remember pharmacists are not licensed to prescribe drugs, but only to dispense them according to a physician’s prescription.
- Also, certain medications like antiepileptic drugs cannot be discontinued abruptly, but need to be tapered gradually.
- Above all, use your common sense.
- And remember, you are the best advocate for your child.
At the end of the day, you are your child's best advocate. You might get pushback from family, friends, schools, but it doesn't matter.
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