Parenthood is full of doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and first aid kits. But, as Benjamin Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
A few days ago, my 11-year-old son had his annual checkup at the doctor’s office. The visit included checking his height, weight, and medication dosage/effectiveness.
He was very upset that he had to get two shots, in preparation for middle school next school year. (I may or may not have
bribed rewarded him with a junk food trip to the convenience store afterwards.)
We discussed hormones and the fact that he recently took a session on “family life education” at school. I am SO not ready for this. The day he came home to tell me about it, I promptly referred him to his dad.
THAT talk is Dad’s responsibility. I will talk with my daughter…when the time comes.
My son has a mild case of eczema and we’re treating a condition called tinea versicolor with selenium sulfide. So, I would imagine that very soon, our pediatrician will be referring us to another doctor who specializes in dermatology, to manage his pre-teen or teen skin problems.
I’ve read that if acne becomes worse, medication is ineffective, or there are side effects of the medication, then you should definitely take your child to visit a dermatologist.
Add on a set of braces coming in the near future and we are sure to be broke…permanently.
For more information on dermatology, visit Drherschthal.com.