When you see the mother, or the child's caregiver, with the sick child you should:
- Greet the mother appropriately and ask about the child
- Look to see if the child's weight and temperature have been recorded
- Ask the mother what the child's problems are
- Determine if this is an initial (first) or follow-up visit for this episode of an illness or problem.
If the child was seen a few days before for the same illness, this is a follow-up visit. A follow-up visit has a different purpose from an initial visit. During a follow-up visit, you find out if the treatment given during the initial visit has helped the child. If the child is not improving or is getting worse after a few days, you need to make a decision whether to refer the child to a hospital or change the child's treatment.