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Parents Rights

We strongly support and help impart the basics of your rights as a parent. These basics can be as simple as choosing what food to purchase, what clothing to buy, who they play with, which school to send your child to, which doctor to make your next appointment with, to getting your questions answered about a diagnosis or a prescribed medication that you do not fully understand.

As a parent, you have the right and responsibility to ensure that your child receives the proper diagnosis and care. The 1991 Patient’s Self-Determination Act and 14th Amendment Rights grants you several rights in relation to your health and well-being. We encourage you to read this important document and to print it off, sign it, and enter it into your child’s permanent medical and school files.

In addition to knowing your rights, it is important to know questions to ask to participate in the diagnosing process. Below is some advice to help you to better discuss your child’s health with your doctor.

1. What Else Can It Be?

Rather than taking only one diagnosis, you want to know all of the possibilities based on your symptoms and test results. With all of the information in your hands, you are able to do your own further research after the appointment.

2. More Tests

To ensure proper and thorough diagnosis, ask for more tests to be taken to gather all of the possible information to ensure that you do have the correct diagnosis based on all of the facts and medical evidence.

3. Get A Second Opinion

If the treatment for your diagnosis will be difficult, invasive or will be long running, it makes sense to get a second opinion even if you are sure that your diagnosis is correct as knowledge and experience about treatments and options may differ among medical professionals.

4. Research For Yourself

As you see your child on a daily basis and your doctor does not, doing your own research is vital. Symptoms that you or your child may have forgotten to mention, could confirm or contradict with your child’s current diagnosis. Armed with other possible diagnoses, as suggested above, you should study the other possible illnesses and their symptoms as well. If you find a conflict, it is important to consult with your doctor immediately to share this new information with him.

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The information provided in this site is intended for general informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice and is not intended to provide complete medical information. KidsMisdiagnosed, Inc does not offer personalized medical diagnosis of patient-specific treatment advice. All medical information presented should be discussed with your healthcare professional. Remember, the failure to seek timely medical advice can have serious ramifications. KidsMisdiagnosed, Inc urges you to discuss any current health related problems you or your child are experiencing with a healthcare professional immediately.