In paediatrics, the family history
is one of the most important components of the history:
Ages of parents and siblings: you will need to be able to draw
the family tree. Include the whole
extended family with ages.
Illness in the family: does anyone have a history of
seizures, asthma, cancer, heart
disease, tuberculosis, or any other medical condition? What was the age of
onset and the medical advice so far?
Death in the family: have there been any deaths in the
family? What was the cause and age at
death? Were any in infancy or childhood?
Social history: where and how does the family
live? What are the occupations of the
family members? Are there any pets?