Taking Care of Your Sick Children

7 Feb

Taking Care of Your Sick ChildrenWhen a child falls ill, most parents run into panic mode. A good number use medication they keep at home. Very few parents are trained medics or nurses. In most cases, you will rely on what you have learnt from friends, family members or your own childhood experience. Viral infections such as flu and colds are quite common in children. Here now are a few tips that will come in handy when you have a sick child:

Learn basic child healthcare

Unlike adults, children are highly susceptible to illness. You cannot predict when your child will go down with this ailment or the other. Nonetheless, you should learn how to tell when a child is sick, when to call a doctor, the kind of medicines to keep and how to administer them. Obtain basic knowledge on childhood illnesses and how to remain calm during an emergency. As a way of being prepared, have your doctor’s telephone numbers, those of the hospital and ambulance service. Write them down on several cards and post them in strategic places around the house.

Find out about the common medicines to keep at home

Talk to your doctor about the recommended medicine that you should keep at home. Cough syrups and antibiotics are some of the most common. These will always come in handy when your child falls ill during odd hours of the night. You also need a clinical thermometer for checking on the child’s temperature whenever you suspect that he has fever. Ask your doctor to show you how to take and read a child’s temperature. Keep your medicines at a safe place where the child cannot reach. The medicine cupboard should be easily accessible.

Know when to call the doctor

Most children illnesses occur at night. The problems persist as the night wears on. Before calling the doctor, ensure that you have the relevant information at hand. This will help you pinpoint the problem in a specific manner. At times, the doctor will prescribe some medicine over the phone and you can quickly rush to the nearby drug store and procure them. Regardless of this, you need to tell the doctor what’s wrong, temperature, what he’s been eating, if he’s been sick before and so on. If a child starts showing signs of illness at 7pm, do not wait until 10pm before calling the doctor. Call him immediately.

Some emergencies that you can handle

Coughs, fever, vomiting and dehydration are some of the most common emergencies you will come across. For fever, loosen the child’s clothing before administering an antibiotic as previously advised by your physician. When your child vomits, give him a suppository. Administer fluids to avoid cases of dehydration. Always take your child to a family medical center for further treatment.