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Carnet de santé

Posted: October 7, 2013 2:19 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2013 2:19 p.m.

When a baby was born in France, at the hospital we were given a carnet de santé (notebook for health.)
All the information was written in it: date, place of birth, weight, measurement of the baby.
Whenever a child saw a doctor, the doctor filled out the reason of the visit, and allergies of the prescriptions given. The development of the baby was written, such as weight and measurement, every time the parent brought the child to the doctor.
All immunizations were filled out in the carnet de santé. All surgeries were noted, too.
The carnet de santé is no bigger than a planner. For the parents who are looking for the immunization cards for their children, if they had this tool, they would retrieve the information right away with the carnet de santé.
I know American people like their privacy, but this carnet does not have to be scary for them. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one for each child in the USA?
My daughters have their own and it has been useful to them when information were necessary to give to a doctor such as surgeries, or allergies, and even the dates of immunizations.
I am grateful I had that information at once when I immigrated here with my children.


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