When can an interpreter help in taking a history?

Many mothers and children do not speak the same home language as the doctor or nurse. Even if you are able to understand each other a little, it is very difficult to take a detailed history without a good understanding of each other’s language and traditions. Here a translator is very helpful. Unfortunately, skilled translators are often not available and local nurses or cleaning staff have to help. Always express your concern and willingness to help the child, and make sure you understand what the main problem is.

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