Caring for Children

What does it mean to build a relationship with a child's health care provider? 

You want your child to grow up safe and healthy. Your child’s health care provider wants that, too. A partnership based on trust and clear communication can help make sure your child receives the best care. Creating a trusted relationship takes time and skill. Choosing a health care provider whose style and office fit your needs; preparing what you want to discuss at a visit; and following up on questions and test results are all steps that can help build trust and positive patient experiences for you and your child. 

You have the most important role in helping your child receive safe and timely care, and MNHealthScores can help. A strong, trusted relationship with your child’s health care provider is a central part of quality care and positive patient experiences. MNHealthScores resources and information can help you build stronger relationships with your health care providers. We can help you learn:

  • What questions to ask your child’s health care provider, and when to ask them
  • How to compare the care your child receives
  • How to use performance ratings to find high quality care

Signs of a good relationship between you and your child’s health care provider

  • The provider’s office reminds you about preventive care
  • Your child’s provider talks with you about your child’s diet and eating habits
  • Together, you talk about ways to encourage your child’s physical activity and how to keep your child safe
  • Your provider talks about how your child is growing
  • Your provider asks about your child’s behavior

Your role in building a strong, positive relationship with your child’s health care provider

Taking an active role with your child’s health care is an important part of his or her healthy development. Helpful questions to ask include, “How is my child growing? Does my child have a healthy diet, weight and eating habits? What are the behaviors to expect for my child’s age? What is important for me to do, and what should I be worried about?” 

Coordinating care is another important part of keeping your child healthy. You can take an active role to share your child’s treatment plan, medical history, and other needs with your health care providers. You can also ask for assistance with scheduling check-ups, immunizations, and understanding test results. This will help your child receive care that is timely and safe. It may also help you save costs by avoiding unnecessary tests and appointments. By working together with your health care provider, you can help make sure that your child receives the right care, at the right time.

Links to resources about caring for children’s health