Medical Records

It is important to bring along with you any medical records that might help a doctor in the host country treat any ongoing medical condition your children may have. Always, always hand carry something as important as this. A lost suitcase full of clothes is one thing, a lost set of medical records would likely be much more of a hassle.

If you are moving to areas where tuberculosis is a concern, speak with your doctor about a set of “baseline” X-rays. These, along with a careful medical exam well-documented, create a starting point, a recorded, known starting point by which any changes that grow up overseas can be assessed. Consider bringing a set of such records with you, and leaving a set at home with the family physician if practical.

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