Kids – Emergency Preparedness
Important Medical Information
In a medical emergency the more relevant information you can give about your child the faster your doctor can test, diagnose and prescribe the most appropriate treatment. In a serious medical emergency this can be the difference between life and death.
To remember your children’s medical history would be a difficult task so it is essential to have a full written or electronic medical history for every member of your family.
A Medical History Should Include:
Information about allergies can be vitally important, especially if they are allergic to medications like antibiotics or penicillin, and can be very helpful in diagnosing issues such as hives and breathing difficulties.
It is also important to note all allergies to things like food dye as they may be used in certain tests including CT scans.
Simply note any substance that your child has had a reaction to.
Some medications cannot be taken together so it is important to write down all medications that your child is currently taking, the times they take the medication and the dose. Medical professionals will need this information before they administer anything.
It is important that medical professionals know of any pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or bleeding disorders. This information is integral to the diagnosis and treatment process. Include as much information as possible including previous surgeries.
If your child does have chronic health problems, or suffers from allergies, they should have an identifying tag on a bracelet or necklace to provide vital information in case of an emergency.
Make sure that you document your child’s immunization status. Be certain that it is clear and up to date. This information will help doctors diagnose the problem by ruling out any disease that your child is immune to.
Your Child’s Weight
It is good to have an up to date weight for your child as this is important when calculating drug doses.
A Family Medical History
When diagnosing and dealing with an illness a family medical history can be an invaluable piece of information, it gives insight and direction to the whole diagnosis process.
Don’t forget to give this information to any caregivers or anyone else that may spend an extended period of time with your child, and don’t forget to include your quick contact details in case of an emergency. You may include the number, name and address of your child’s doctor or dentist as they will have a copy of your child’s full medical history.
A full medical history takes very little time to prepare and the minutes it may save in an emergency can be the difference between life and death.