Learning to be effective co-parents is a bit daunting, especially at the outset, but maintaining communication is crucial.
You may have to figure out how you want to do it – in person, by phone, by video conference, by email or by text message. If your divorce becomes a battle and the two of you can barely be civil to each other, the situation can be a little challenging.
One thing is vital, though. Co-parents must always be aware of a child’s medical issues, new developments and medicines. Each of you should have the most up-to-date information. In a medical emergency, you’ll both want to know what to do for your youngster and need all the information on hand that a healthcare provider will ask for.
Each co-parent should have this information
Your divorce papers or parenting arrangement might describe what you and your ex must tell each other regarding your child’s medical details.
Here are some particulars to exchange information about:
- Unexpected events such as if the child got hurt playing sports
- Planned visits to the doctor and results
- When a yearly physical exam was done and the outcome
- Vaccinations the child has or has not gotten yet
- Which prescription medications your child uses
Be considerate and let your co-parent know things in a timely fashion. If your child came down with the stomach flu, for example, tell your ex promptly. If any medical complications arise later on, they will need to know about the original illness.
If you are hesitant about whether to mention something about your child’s medical status, disclose it rather than hold anything back.
Collaborate and cooperate
Each of you has to make your child’s health the top priority. If your ex doesn’t work with you on this, you may need legal help to straighten out the situation.