Your child's primary care provider (PCP) may refer your child to a specialist. A specialist is a doctor or other provider with "special" training in a certain area of medical care. (see Health Care Providers by Specialty table.) A specialist will evaluate and treat your child's special condition. The specialist usually sends a written report of the visit back to your child's PCP. Ask the specialist to send a copy of this report to you. If you have questions about this report, ask your child's specialist or PCP.

Tip: Your child's specialist may want you to bring results of lab tests, x-rays, and other tests to the first visit. Organize these tests before your child sees the specialist.