When a Child is Sick
Here’s a few things to watch out for when your little one is under the weather.
Children react differently to being sick than adults do. They can tolerate a higher fever, and sometimes it seems they tolerate being sick better. However, they are tiny little things and there are some things you’ll want to keep an eye out for:
1) Hydration – make sure your little one is getting enough fluids. Fluids and electrolytes are vital!
2) Rest – your child needs rest. Try to allow an extra nap when possible.
3) Confinement – it sounds terrible, but your child should stay at home while sick. His/her immune system could be lowered, and exposing your little one to other people could result in a doubly sick child. Also, if your child is contagious, try to stay away from others. It’s hard sometimes, and there are always exceptions, but you don’t want to get others sick.
4) Fever – if your child is running a fever, administer medication as directed. Be extremely careful not to give too much medication!
5) Doctor’s orders – follow the doctor’s instructions completely for medication and follow-up. If your child doesn’t seem better or shows new symptoms within a few days, give the doc a call.
6) Trust your instincts – noone knows your child better than you! If you feel something is wrong, call the doctor.
This is not a substitute for professional medical advice, just some general information. If you feel your child needs medical evaluation, call your child’s provider immediately.