Your Baby’s Medical Records
What health information should you have handy for your baby? Here are some medical records that all parents should keep readily availabe for baby's health.
You will need these records when it’s time to register your child for school, sports teams, or other activities. Note the date, year, and type of
vaccine, as well as any reactions your child experienced.
“Keep track of any illness significant enough to warrant a doctor’s visit,” says Dr. Andrea McCoy, director of primary care at Temple University Children’s Medical Center in Philadelphia. “This way, you can see if a pattern is developing.”
Record the names of any medications your child has taken, both temporarily and ongoing. Also, write down the dosage, any reactions your child may have had, and the effectiveness of the medicine.
Include any allergies to foods, drugs, insect bites, etc. “Also note the type of allergic reaction your child has,” says Dr. Bryan Sibley, medical director of Beacon Children’s Specialty Hospital in Houston. “This information can be important for future precautions and treatments.”
5. Surgeries or Hospital Stays
Be sure to include any surgeries or hospital stays, along with the nature of the illness or injury. Where and by whom was Baby treated?
6. Doctors' Names
Write down the names of any specialists your child sees, along with the dates seen and reasons for the visit.
Include any significant or recent injuries that your baby has been through—from a broken bone to a fall out of her stroller.
8. Developmental Milestones
9. Dental History
Keep track of when—and in what order—teeth appear, any dental problems, and visits to the dentist.
10. Contact Numbers
Also should include all contact numbers for parents, doctors,
grandparents, or anyone else who cares for your child. “All care providers should also have an updated copy of the health record,” says Dr. Sibley. “This will provide seamless delivery of care to the child.”
Keep a list of questions about your baby’s health in the folder. “In between doctor visits, jot down questions you want to ask at the next checkup,” says Dr. McCoy. The written record of these questions and answers often proves to be a valuable resource and won’t be subject to the power of your memory, which may not be working at its best if you are juggling a
fussy baby while receiving instructions.
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