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Cutting Health Care Costs: Children's Care

8 Tips From a Pediatrician on Managing the Costs of Children's Medical Care

7. Don't spread out children's vaccination appointments.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC are "very careful about how they make the recommendations with regard to the childhood immunization schedule," Racine says.

"There is no danger in having a child get all the vaccines that they are normally scheduled to get in a given visit," he says. "If you're trying to spread them out, you're just going to incur the increased costs of additional visits and additional transportation costs."

8. Don't share medications or medical equipment among siblings.

Don't assume that the prescription that works for one child is OK for their brother or sister, or that leftover pills are still OK to use. Always check with a doctor first.

Also, if one child has a medical device -- such as a nebulizer to deliver asthma medicine -- don't let their siblings use it. Sharing those devices could help spread infections.

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