The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered schools, transformed hospitals and radically altered daily life.
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.
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