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Health Tip: Recording Your Child's Development

It's more than a way to create memories

(HealthDayNews) -- Recording baby's first smile, first tooth or first step may be a happy parent ritual. But keeping tabs on more vital information, such as your child's height and weight history, can help keep her healthy, according to the St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Here are some benefits of comprehensive recordkeeping:

  • If you change doctors, it is handy to have immunization records for quick reference.
  • A height and weight record can help doctors better gauge what dose of medication is appropriate. It's also a good indicator of how your child is progressing compared to other children in her age group.
  • Records of any major illnesses that require hospitalization can make future doctor visits more efficient.
  • Organized records also help other caregivers act appropriately in difficult situations.
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