By Lark Reynolds
When I had my first child, I diligently saved that little scrap of paper I received each time we visited the doctor—you know, the one where the nurse writes down your baby’s weight, height and head circumference.
I documented the information in my son’s baby book, which was handy, too, in case I wanted to take a look and see what his growth curve looked like over time. I even wrote down each immunization shot he received, and when he received it.
Now my first child is 7 years old, and he has two younger brothers. And the baby of the family—well, let’s just say there are a lot of holes in his baby book, including that important information about his growth curve and immunizations.
But in the last seven years, technology has come to the aid of busy moms like me. And that has been a lifesaver, particularly since my youngest has had more health issues than his older brothers.
Earlier this year, I signed up each of the boys for MyChart accounts, then linked them to my own MyChart account through a proxy. This lets me find all of their important medical information in one place—with the added benefit that I don’t have to take the time to put it there! I love being able to check my children’s growth curves and make sure they’ve gotten all the immunizations they need for school or camp.
With our youngest, it has come in handy for other things, such as helping my fading memory when it comes to how long he has been on his asthma inhaler, or which of the many doctor visits it was when the doctor prescribed oral steroids for him. You also can request appointments or pay your bills through MyChart.
Let’s face it: life is busy for moms, and from what I hear, it’s going to stay that way. Thank goodness for technology like MyChart that can pick up the slack while I’m busy cleaning yogurt off the table for the fifth time in a day.
Sign yourself up for an account at mychart.ghs.org. To sign your child up for an account, or to link your child(ren)’s accounts to your own through a proxy, ask the front desk staff the next time you visit your pediatrician’s office.
Learn more about MyChart at ghs.org/mychartinfo.
Lark Reynolds is a mother of three energetic boys and an editorial services coordinator at Greenville Health System.