Understanding Your Health Information

posted 4/7/21 -- Many people find it hard to understand the health information they need to take care of themselves and their families. Not understanding can lead to fear and frustration.

The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness offers the following tips for families:

Ask for help if you do not understand a health form or don’t know how to fill it out.

Ask for handouts in the language that is easiest for you to read.

Write down questions you have before you go on any health care visit.

Tell your doctor if you do not understand what he or she is saying.

Go to the library and ask how to find accurate information about your health concerns and medicines.

Ask your Head Start or child care program for information on health issues that concern you.

Go to health workshops at your child’s Head Start program and in your community.

When parents and caregivers understand health information and how to use it, children are less likely to miss school. They will also make fewer trips to the doctor or emergency room and generally live healthier lives.