Knowing Your Child’s Medical History

It is important to know your child’s medical history. In the event that emergency care is required, health care providers will ask many questions about your child’s medical history. Even an organized parent might not be able to recall details of the child’s history during a stressful situation.

This is why you should keep a comprehensive record of your child’s health history on hand. This information can help medical professionals make quicker decisions and diagnoses during an emergency.

The following are categories that can help you put together a more comprehensive record of your kids’ health.

Keep copies of your children’s health record at an accessible place at home, one in each car, one in each parent’s bag and office. You should also furnish a copy to your babysitter/s, and your child’s school or day care.  Don’t forget to include the name and number of your doctor.

Allergies

Record any known allergies or allergic reactions your child has to the following:

Medications (both prescription and nonprescription)

Insect stings and bites

Food

Some kids may be allergic to latex (and medical professionals use latex gloves). In several cases, allergy information helps medical professionals know the cause for problems like breathing difficulty, or seizures.

Medications

Some meds can’t be taken together. This is why paramedics need to know all medications your kids take before they can give them any drug. In some cases, your child’s symptoms could also be due to side effects of medications. You should also know the doses, closing schedules, and when and how much of the medications were taken recently.

Pre-existing Illnesses or Conditions

Pre-existing Illnesses or conditions have an impact on the tests and/or treatments given during an emergency. If your child has a health problem (e.g. diabetes, asthma, etc.) you should let the emergency medical personnel know. Children with chronic conditions should also wear an identifying tag on a bracelet.

For children with special needs, you and your doctor should fill out a form created by the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). This Emergency Information Form For Children With Special Needs can be found at either aap.org or acep.org,a and can be updated as needed. Like your other health records, keep this is accessible places at home, work, and school. Your doctor should also have it on file. It can also be kept in a repository or database that can be retrieved by medical professionals in case of an emergency.

Hospitalizations and Operations

Your record should include the dates your child has been hospitalized, the reason for hospitalization, the treatments he or she received, and the types of surgery he or she has had.

Immunizations

Keep an updated list of your children’s immunizations. You can ask assistance from your doctor’s office if you have trouble remembering or compiling all the information you need. Include information about reactions your children may have after an immunization such as high fever, seizures, etc.

Height and Weight

Height and weight are important because it can help doctors calculate medication doses for your kids. You’ll have to keep this information updated since kids grow quickly.

Source: MSN