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Keeping Health Records for your Child

Keeping Health Records for your Child

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Remembering your child’s health history in detail during a serious illness condition might be difficult and therefore keeping a detailed record of it might be helpful. Record keeping also helps doctors to make a better and quicker diagnosis during an emergency, which can be crucial. A detailed history is also of great help when you visit a new doctor.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Types of Health Records

Health record can be of various types such as:

Keep your child’s health record in a safe place where you can easily locate it. At home, you can keep it near your phone or at the refrigerator. Keep one copy at your car, or purse or workplace.

  • Consultation notes
  • Hospital admission records

  • Hospital discharge records, including the results of treatment, follow-up appointments or care required
  • Test results

You can either create a written record or type it or scan your child’s file to have a computer-based record.

The health record of your child could consist the following:

Sometimes, swelling or breathing difficulties could be related to allergies. Referring to these records may help doctors diagnose correctly.

  1. Allergies: Note down all known allergies that your child suffers from such as:
    • Medications
    • Insect stings and bites
    • Foods and latex
  2. Medications: Keep records of medications including dosages schedules that your child currently takes. Some medicines react badly when mixed with another medication. The checklist will help doctor administer the correct medicine.
  3. Pre-existing Conditions: Note down any health problems or illnesses your child may have such as diabetes, asthma, etc. In times of emergency tests administered for a diabetic is different from a non-diabetic.
  4. Vaccination Schedule: Keep an up-to-date record of your child’s vaccination schedule .Make sure that you include information about any reactions to an immunisation.
  5. Also, keep a track of your child’s current height and weight. This can help doctors to calculate dosages of any medication quickly.
  6. In case, your child is hospitalised, note down the reason, the dates of hospitalisation as well as the treatments received.

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