Why do I need a Child’s Health Record Keeper?
- No one knows your child as you do, so no one can advocate for your child as you can.
- Children get hurt. They get sick. Will you be able to remember all of your child’s medical information, allergies, diagnoses, and medications immediately in case of a medical emergency?
- Should your child acquire a life-threatening pediatric illness, such as cancer, heart disease, or a traumatic brain injury, do you have all of his/her medical information compiled and readily available? Every second is precious. Be certain to guard yours.
- The babysitter is caring for your child(ren) while you are away, and an emergency happens. Does your sitter know everything he/she needs to know about your child(ren’s) health history, allergies and medications, so he/she can obtain medical care on behalf of your child?
What Do I Know About Life-Threatening Illnesses?
I battle chronic health issues for a living. I have earned my stripes. It is my daily grind. Since fall 2015, I have had:
- A TIA (mini-stroke), which led to
- An adrenal crisis (and coma) → since diagnosed as Addison’s Disease
- Lyme Disease
- Fibromyalgia (daily, chronic pain)
- Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (too much pressure in my brain results in severe migraines, facial numbness, vision loss, ringing ears)
Needless to say, I have learned from personal experience (and from meeting A LOT of terrible doctors) that no one can (or will for that matter) advocate for your health better than YOU. Unless you are caring for a loved one (sick parent or child). In that case, yep, it’s still YOU!
Unfortunately, I barely lived to tell you this story today. Read more about it in this article – In Case of a Medical Emergency
My Son Acquired Lyme Disease:
As a 3rd grader, he was swallowing 22 pills a day!
When our three kids were small, we bought a foreclosed home that we tore down to the studs. While my husband and I worked inside, we would send our children out to play in the backyard.
The former homeowner was a homebound senior citizen, who had not stepped foot into her backyard in about 20 years. What did that mean? Well, that is where our son was bitten by a tick.
He never developed the bullseye rash (only 70% of victims ever do). Instead, he complained of his ear hurting. He had three sets of tubes in his ears by this age, so I figured his tube must have fallen out and he had developed an ear infection. He ALWAYS knew when he had an ear infection, so I took him to the doctor without looking into his ear.
When we met with the pediatrician, she looked into his ear and found the tick EMBEDDED into his ear! It had to have been there at least three days, as it was completely swollen. After the doctor removed the tick, I demanded it be tested for Lyme. They failed to do so.
Thus began the long and arduous process of waiting over six weeks for my son to develop symptoms in order to test and then have him treated.
In that period of time, I took his temperature daily. I tracked his fluid intake and outtake. I watched his energy levels and sleeping patterns. I asked him daily about any pain he was having. I inspected his body from head to toe for rashes, scabs or additional ticks. It was exhausting and nerve-wracking, as I watched my child languish.
As his symptoms steadily worsened through the weeks, I took all of my tracked information and all of my son’s past medical history to a Lyme literate doctor. With one look at all of my data and information, he was confident that we could begin his treatment while awaiting what ended up being a positive Lyme disease result.
My son began taking 22 pills every single day at the age of eight. Yes, eight years old. For nine months, he was on a strict regimen of medications, and he missed well over a month of school due to his symptoms.
I was so grateful I had tracked his health symptoms and had time to prepare his medical records for his Lyme doctor to effectively treat him. I don’t want you to EVER be in this situation, especially with your child, who cannot advocate on his/her own behalf.
The best way to create a relationship with your child’s doctor is to be completely organized with his/her health care with this Child’s Health Record Keeper, so you are able to answer all their questions immediately.
Health Symptom Tracker
Symptom tracking is VITAL if your child has an undiagnosed illness. If he/she has been struggling with physical health issues and has not obtained an accurate diagnosis, you need the Health Symptom Tracker.
My sister was an ICU nurse at a renowned New England hospital before she developed serious autoimmune issues. She was the master-mind behind the Health Symptom Tracker. I recommend the Daily Health Symptom Tracker if your child’s symptoms fluctuate or the Weekly Health Symptom Tracker if symptoms are chronic and remain consistent.
It is easy-to-use (simply circle the symptom) and is categorized according to which body system is ailing your child. If several of your child’s symptoms are circled in a certain body system, you would want to see a specialist once you have about six week’s symptoms collected. Do you see how helpful this would be to a specialist, rather than costing you an expensive ‘start from scratch’ visit with a ‘let’s wait and see’ approach?
Be Prepared for a Medical Emergency or Health Crisis
I understand how expensive it can be to be chronically ill, so I have made BOTH the Daily or Weekly Health Symptom Trackers and the Child’s Health Record Keeper completely affordable. They are available as instant downloads, so you do not have to wait to have something delivered. You can start right now, today, taking charge of your child’s health!
You take these with you to every doctor’s appointment. Not a second of time is wasted with the physician, as you will be able to answer each and every question he/she has – and there is even a spot for you to put questions YOU have for him/her.
From personal information to lab work, medications, allergies, and more, you will be ready at a moment’s notice to walk out the door. In case of an emergency, simply grab your Child’s Health Record Keeper, and doctors will be all set to manage your health care crisis. You just need a three-ring binder size of your choice (not included).
Get yours today to ensure you are always prepared for any of your child’s illnesses and injuries that happen to show up.
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