You know your child better than anyone else does. Your child's health care providers need your help to give the best care. It is your health care provider's job to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. It is your job to speak up for your child.

If you want more information, ask your child's health care provider. No question is silly or dumb. If you do not understand something, ask your child's health care provider to explain it to you. Your child's health care provider will not know that you have a question unless you ask it. Many parents find it helpful to write down questions ahead of time. Some health care providers have special "call-in times" to answer questions.

Source: Adapted from Growing Up Healthy. Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 1998.