When you get to the Emergency Department (ED), the nurses and doctors will need to know your child’s medical history before they give her anything for her condition. Some medications don’t mix well or there may be allergic reactions they need to know about, so having them listed on a sheet of paper that the docs can peruse quickly will help expedite the care. You’ll be surprised how your mind can go blank in an emergency.
This medical form should include your child’s current height and weight (preferably in kilograms), food or drug allergies, immunizations, past illnesses, injuries, surgeries, and any chronic conditions. If your child takes any medications, the medical record should list these drugs and dosages. For example, if your child has diabetes or asthma, you’ll need to tell the paramedics and the emergency docs exactly when your child last had her meds and the dosages because both can have a big impact on the tests and treatment given at the hospital. You may think this will all come to you in a moment of heart-stomping panic, but it may not. And having all this information written down in front of them may help the doctors do a better, quicker job of diagnosing your child during an emergency. Their trained eyes may spot something about your child’s current condition and relate it to her past, which may bring an a-ha! moment in their diagnosis.
Having a written medical record at home is also handy for your babysitter (or your spouse) to refer to when you’re not home.
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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