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Health Information For Parents
When providing emergency care, doctors, nurses, and emergency personnel like paramedics ask many questions about a patient’s
. Some hospitals have electronic health records that keep all medical information about a patient in one place.
But it’s still a good idea to update your family’s records. Keeping your own record of your kids’ health info can help a medical professional make quicker diagnoses and decisions during an emergency, when each second counts.
Keep one copy of the health record in an accessible place at home or by the phone, one in each car, one at each parent’s workplace, and one in each parent’s bag or wallet. Also send a copy to your kids’ schools or childcare, and give one to any regular caregivers, along with the name and number of your doctor.
Record on your list any known allergies your child has to medicines, both prescription and nonprescription, and any known allergic reactions to insect stings and bites and food allergies. Some kids have latex allergies. Allergy information helps medical personnel discover a cause for problems like swelling or trouble breathing.
Some medicines can’t be taken together, so paramedics need to know all medicines (prescription and nonprescription) your kids take before they can give certain drugs.
A child’s symptoms also could be due to side effects of medicines, which is another reason to report everything being taken. You also need to know the doses, the dosing schedules, and when and how much of the medicines were recently taken.
Pre-existing illnesses or conditions can have a great impact on the kinds of tests or treatments used in an emergency. If your child has any health problem — from diabetes to epilepsy to asthma — emergency medical personnel must know. For added protection, kids with long-term (chronic) conditions should wear an ID bracelet with this important information on it.
For a child with special needs, fill out the Emergency Information Form (EIF) for Children With Special Needs. As with any other health record you create, keep the form in an easily accessed place at home.
List the dates your child has been hospitalized, the reasons for hospitalization, treatments given, and the types of operations done.
Keep an updated record of all your kids’ immunizations. If you need help remembering or compiling this, the staff at your doctor’s office can help. Include information about any reactions to an immunization, such as seizures, high fever, or severe discomfort.
When calculating medicine doses, it’s very helpful for doctors to know a child’s approximate height and weight. (Be sure to to keep this updated, as kids can grow quickly.)
It’s easy to compile your child’s medical history, and it could mean saving critical minutes — when they count most!
Because EHRs improve how well your doctors talk to each other and coordinate your treatment, they can enhance your medical care. Get the facts on electronic health records.
Many health institutions digitally store their patients’ health information. Learn about electronic health records (EHRs) and how they can improve health care.
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A well-stocked first-aid kit, kept in easy reach, is a necessity in every home. Learn where you should keep a kit and what to put in it.
Each time you hop up on a doctor’s exam table, somebody makes a note in your medical records. There may come a time when you need your medical information, so find out how to get it and how it’s protected.
Every parent should know how and when to administer CPR. Done correctly, CPR can save a child’s life by restoring breathing and circulation until medical personnel arrive.
CPR saves lives. Find out how it works.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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