Track Medical History – Save Time & Hassle

family healthSpreadsheets save my life daily. To do lists, tracking birthday party RSVP’s/cell phone numbers of parents at drop-offs/gifts/thank-you’s and on and on. But the best prescribed (pun intended) spreadsheet I use is the Medical History one. I keep a record of major medical events for each kid – antibiotics, Xrays/results, and certainly anything that warrants a trip to the ER. This has proved invaluable in so many ways. First, it gives me a quick summary to show the pediatrician when we need antibiotics, because it shows what worked or didn’t in the past, and also if the kid had an adverse reaction. It also shows the number of times someone was on something (i.e., recurrent ear infections). If you need a specialist, it gives a new doctor a quick summary of major events. I even track my own medicines, having suffered recurrent sinus infections, and it definitely helps to guide medicine prescribed. Doctors don’t have tons of time anymore to sit and gab – this helps you to manage the process and to get the best possible outcome, because you’re short-circuiting the information process. Another Business of Motherhood Dr. Mom tip: Keep a First Aid kit loaded in your trunk, including the usual suspects, but also XL band-aids (the oversized ones have made many appearances at baseball games – SLIDE!) and ready-to-activate ice packs. What tips do you have for helping moms to stay organized?

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