I'd love to read that doctor's report and I can scan it, Les and then email to you and Laura and anyone else.
Second, I personally was put on Retinoids at the age of 12 I believe. I suffered quite a few side affects and in my opinion, it is not wise to give such drugs to anyone who has not yet gone all the way through puberty.
At the age of 3, a child is still growing so quickly and going through such an intense development cycle that taking a drug that has such horrible potential side effects and that is not required to continue living and functioning is too dangerous and not worth the risk.
Find out what the name of the drug is, and what dose he would wish to prescribe, and whether or not he would wish to modify the dose over time and by how much. Then, go buy a pharmacy guide or use one in the library to look up the drug and its effects. Scour the internet for information and THEN make a decision. Do not take the doctor's word for it, especially when he says none of his patients have had side effects. If that's the case, then I doubt he's ever treated more than 3 people with the drug, and if so, the dose was very very low and only short term.
I know I'm a real pessimist on the topic of drugs, so always consider what I say about them as the worst case scenario. I would simply rather see us all aware of the risks we run. On the other hand, I do not wish to stymie anyone's efforts to seek out treatment.
I am female, and was born in 1972 with Lamellar Ichthyosis.