I have recently posted about how much I like the CDC’s site about child development, and how it encourages parents to pay attention to how their children are progressing to determine if there is a need for further evaluation.
Here is another great resource from the CDC, called “My Child’s Story.” The sample link they have on the side doesn’t work, unfortunately, but here is a link to their milestone checklist, which you can add to your child’s medical history.
I think this would be very helpful for lots of parents so they can go to their doctor’s appointments prepared and ready to discuss their concerns. Some of my patients with children over 3 years old have a hard time remembering details of medical history and relevant milestones. These resources can help every parent be more prepared and slightly less stressed if concerns do arise about their child’s development.
From the site:
As a parent, you know your child best. You know your child’s favorite foods and the games he or she likes to play. You know your child as an individual, but also as an important member of your family.
When you’re working with your child’s doctor, it can be helpful to share your insights.
One way to do that is to create a resume of sorts, a printed form you can leave with the doctor that explains who your child is within the family and outlines his or her medical history. This can also be a great tool for you, putting all your child’s medical information in one place.
Don’t forget to include a photograph. Now each time the doctor opens the medical chart, he or she see the whole child, not just a medical history.
Categories: Child Development