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Parent Permission Letter Medical
MEDICAL RECORDS: The immigrant usually brings important papers with him like medical records, diploma, school grades and exams, resume, etc. He knows all of these are needed during relocation. ...Read more
Varies by state...: The rules vary by state, by disease or condition being treated, by legal status of the minor, etc... It can get confusing, so takes some online research in each state. Usually, conditions regarding reproduction (normal teen sexual issues) are private, as well as substance abuse (smoking, marijuana, alcohol), and mental health issues such as depression. The child can choose to involve the parents. ...Read more
Odd question on medical and moral problem involving teen sex--why don't parents control it better?
Need to go pick up older parent for first medical exam in new small town. How can I best relate to the staff if I am from major city?
Respect and Expect:
Respect the pace of small town life, as this may likely translate into the pace of the medical clinic.
But, expect excellent care and results. If you are not satisfied by the knowledge, skill and empathy of the healthcare provider, then find another one. This advice is for city-dwellers and country-residents alike. ...Read more
When you have a kid u r going to start seeing for a chronic, complex medical condition, how do you prepare for the 1st visit? How can a parent help?
I'm confused.: Your question is not clear. Are you the doctor preparing to see a patient or are you the parent of the patient going to the doctor? ...Read more
This is important: It is important to go to appointments with elderly parents. Many times elderly parents do not communicate well with doctors. They may not tell the doctor everything that is going on. They are of the generation that does not ask questions. Many of their problems are complicated and elderly parents don't understand, or don't tell their families what is going on. If you can't go then call doctor. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Hopefully this has been decided by your parents before it is necessary. That is what a will is for. Parents usually choose the child who they feel should be in charge and that may or may not be the oldest. Being firstborn doesn't rest that responsibility on one just by virtue of birth order...Unless you are an only child. ...Read more
Get the facts: I'm glad this was picked up before you considered becoming parents. If you have the same kind of thal trait (do you both have beta?) and things are otherwise as you say, each pregnancy has a 1/4 chance of thal major; most people very much do not want to bring a child into the world with this. I've read that preimplantation testing is available & hope this is an option. ...Read more
I live with my parent's because of medical expenses. Neither seems to understand Idiopathic Hypersomnia at all and will not research it. What to do?
Legally, yes.: Emotionally, morally, ethically: not necessarily. Until the age of 18, except in a few specific cases, parents are legally responsible for medical decision-making regarding their children. However, it is important to work as a team to decide what is best for the patient, especially if the patient is old enough to comprehend and contribute to the decisions at hand. ...Read more
Medical supplies: If you have well-working equipment you can probably donate it to a "free clinic" (always desperate for supplies) or other health facility (and get a tax deduction). If the supplies are unopened or sterile, you can also donate them. Left over medicines should be disposed of properly; you can usually turn them into your pharmacy for proper disposal. ...Read more
Do you know of any types of parents (race, nationality, medical history, diet, etc.) who never or almost never have autistic children?
No: Studies have shown that autism cuts across race, socio-econimc status, nationality, and most other measures. Several large-scale studies are underway to look are specifics of maternal behaviors such as diet and exposures during pregnancy, but no results yet. There is a clear genetic contribution, so those with a history of having had an autistic child are at increased risk. ...Read more
Would a minor need parental consent for medical care even in the case where the minor is much more mature and knowledgeable than the parents?
Yes: Unfortunately, parents have the final say unless the minor is emancipated. Emancipating a minor laws vary from state to state and also dependent upon the condition. For instance, a teen can seek treatment for STD's or contraception in many states without parental knowledge/consent but can't consent to having their acne treated. In some states having a child emancipates you, in some states not. ...Read more
How old are you?: The laws vary in different states. It would be best if you are a minor to tell your parents that you are feeling anxious and need some help. If you are a student, talk to a counselor in school and they can help you speak with your parents. ...Read more
Is there currently anything medical that comes close to parents choosing which traits they want or don't want in their unborn child? I would hope not.
No: At most, selection is done by seeing what can be seen on an ultrasound. For instance, if there are congential anomalies found on an ultrasound, an expectant mother may choose to abort the fetus. Otherwise, we have no current ways to change the characteristics of a baby. ...Read more
If students are on their parents medical insurance as an adult, do they have to keep the same primary physician?
My daughter is having surgery for her scoliosis. As the parent, is there any medical equipment I need to get or anything I nred to know when she home?
These are questions: That you must ask her surgeon. Every case can have certain things that the surgeon may require, & they vary from case to case, even if the procedure is the same. ...Read more
I am caring for aging parents. One of my biggest fears is that I may find someone injured or in a medical emergency. What is the best precaution or action to immediately take if this occurs?
Depends on goals: As with all things in life, one must first decide on the goals. Every adult, of any age, should decide on what to do when bad things happen, and fill out an Advance Directive form or a similar form. That will tell people if any treatment, and how much treatment, is desired (nobody lives forever, and nobody wants a slow agonizing end). Another preparation is first aid classes and a first aid app. ...Read more
Is there any medical documentation pertaining to the use of tampons while swimming in cold water...Such as a swimming pool? I'm a swimming coach and need info pertaining to this to give to some parents.
Does a minor need parental consent to get medical care related to sexual health? For example getting a vaccine or getting medication.
Varies: Many states like mine, Texas, consider parental consent a barrier to a treatment for sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy, birth control and similar needs. These are exempted specifically from parental consent rules. However, when a minor uses their parents insurance to access any of these services parental notification will eventually occur as insurance EOB documents reach them. ...Read more
I've had a phobia of specifically medical needles since childhood and I don't know the cause, neither do my parents. How can I get rid of this phobia?
Trypanophobia: Fear of needles (trypanophobia) often responds very well to cognitive behavioral therapy. Take care. ...Read more
What do I do about my MANY medical concerns if I don't have a primary care doctor, or any health care whatsoever? Parents and family are NOT an option
No insurance: People who are uninsured must be treated until they are medically stable in any emergency room. If you are under 18, and attending school, a school counselor or social worker may be able to assist you at the nurses office, or in finding a free clinic in your area. They may also be able to help you sign up for free or subsidized health insurance if you have no income or a low income. ...Read more
Can I be qualify for medical, im 26 fulltime community college student. No job r income. I live w/ & get help from my low income parents. Live in cali?
Eligibility: There are many people who qualify for medical, but have no idea how to apply. I suggest starting with contacting a federally qualified health center (it'll take some google work to find one in your area). These health centers have financial counselors and other staff to determine your exact eligibility for medical and help you get registered and set up with a primary care doc. Good luck! ...Read more
Does medical care involving prevention of STD's require parental consent? Wouldn't a teen who has ignorant parents have a right to safe sex?
Depends: Many states exempt sex related care from parental notification. It is often easiest to obtain in many clinics operated for that purpose. If/when you go to a regular private office or use a parents insurance to access care, they would find out about visits eventually when the insurance paperwork came through documenting payment for services. ...Read more
Medical notes say I'm allergic to augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) but me or parents can't remember what happened. Is it worth trying it again? What might happen?
Penicillin testing: A commercial skin test for penicillin call pre-pen is available specifically for this reason. Even true penicillin allergy resolves in 50% of individuals after 10 years of avoidance and 75% of people after 15 years of avoidance. With a questionable or unknown past reaction penicillin skin testing can accurately determine whether penicillin can be given or not. ...Read more
Consent for physical: If you are younger than 18 years old, your a parent's is always advisable. ...Read more
Yes, sometimes.: Public programs that distribute organs from living donors do not accept teen donors. But pre-adults can donate to relatives when special circumstances & requirements are met. This is particularly true for bone marrow donation (marrow is generally considered an "organ"), which can rarely even be donated to non-relatives if arranged privately (not thru nat'l program) & usually with court ok. ...Read more
States vary: The laws in states vary as to what age teens can access health care without parental consent. You might start by asking your guidance counselor at school to help you find out what is ok in your state. Many states allow those older than 12 to get evaluated. I would encourage you to talk to a parent though. I suspect they really do care about you. If not possible because of abuse or fear, go to er. ...Read more