My daughter was just 6 weeks old when she began passing mucousy, bloody stools. We were told by doctors that this symptom combined with her poor weight gain was suggestive of a reaction to something.
I felt overwhelmed and scared, especially because we had no idea what she was reacting to.
In those early days, there were so many doctor’s appointments! It quickly became apparent that I could not rely solely on my memory to recall the specific details surrounding my baby’s symptoms. The doctors needed very specific information in order to find out what the triggers were.
I began to carry around a little notebook, jotting down my observations each time my daughter would display symptoms. Over time, this evolved into a simple symptom tracker template, which I still use today.
In my experience, the Mem & Maeve Symptom Tracker has proven itself to be a highly valuable tool. It has allowed me to create a detailed running record of my child’s symptoms, information which was used by doctors to help narrow down the list of possible triggers. The final diagnosis- dairy, egg and peanut allergies, as well as eczema.
I have found the Symptom Tracker to be an empowering tool during a stressful and overwhelming time in my life as a parent. I have used the information collected in the tracker to explore my daughter’s symptoms. This has provided me with a greater understanding of how to best manage her symptoms and thereby promote her comfort and quality of life.
You can download the Symptom Tracker from HERE.
Author: Anna from Mem and Maeve