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How do I keep a record of my child’s medical care?

If you haven’t started keeping meticulous records of health history and medical care for yourself and your child, please consider yourself nudged in that direction. Good family medical records are so vital that they’re a recurring theme in this book. If you haven’t started keeping them, it’s never too late. The first step I’d recommend is going to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website and using the Care Notebook you’ll find there. The notebook is an organizing tool that will help you become an expert on your child’s and family’s health care. You can pick and choose from dozens of handy forms that will help you track immunizations, allergy records, doctor appointments, hospital stays, growth patterns, family and medical history, nutrition, insurance providers, and therapists. There’s an online tour to walk you through the steps of putting the Care Notebook together. And you’ll find the AAP site is super-useful in general.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

 

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