History taking

History taking

Extra attention needs to be taken with regards to the following, when indicated, when taking a history from the parents/caregiver/child (the relevance of these questions and the need to ask them should be explained to the parents):

• birth history (normal pregnancy; medications during pregnancy; adverse events during pregnancy; delivery problems)
• problems in siblings; any family traits
• age at which developmental milestones achieved
• immunisation history
• achievement at school
• childhood behaviours of relevance to presenting complaint (eg nail biting, bedwetting, constipation, nervousness, speech problems, hyperactivity)
• history of childhood illnesses (eg measles, chicken pox, hospitalisations etc)

Be aware that parents can differ from the child in their interpretation of the signs and symptoms of the child.

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