For us moms, our children getting sick is one of our worst nightmares. Even if they’ve just come down with a bad cold or a sickness bug, we still worry about them. When our children are ill, it’s only natural to be concerned, but if your little one gets sick, try not to stress too much.
You know your child best if you think that they need to see a doctor, take them to see one. If, however, you don’t think that there’s anything seriously wrong with them, caring for them at home is the best thing to do.
To help you make sure that you are giving your child the best care, we have created a guide full of lots of handy tips and advice.
Get them to rest
It can often be hard to get kids to rest, even when they are ill, but it’s important that you find a way to do so. Most children don’t like the idea of staying in bed, so the best bet is to make them up a bed on the couch.
Get them a few books to read, some coloring pencils and paper, or pop their favorite DVD on. Do whatever you can to get them to sit still and rest – if they want to get better, resting is crucial.
Keep the room well ventilated
If the room that your child is in gets too warm, it will make them feel worse. Use your air con or open a window to ensure that the room has a steady air flow. While the room should be well ventilated, it shouldn’t be so cold that your child is shivering.
Give them plenty to drink
Your child may not feel like eating, which is perfectly fine for a couple of days. However, it’s crucial that you get them to drink lots of fluids. Otherwise, they could become dehydrated.
Give them a bottle of water to sip on throughout the day, or if they don’t like water, a bottle of cordial.
If your child doesn’t feel like drinking, make up some homemade fruity ice lollies containing fresh orange juice and lots of water. As long as they’re getting water into their system, that’s all that matters.
Seek medical advice
If your child is unwell for more than 48 hours or seems to be getting progressively worse, it’s a good idea to seek medical advice. For a cough or cold, take your child to your local pharmacy. For anything else, contact your local Pediatric urgent care center for advice or an appointment.
It can sometimes be hard to know when to consult a doctor. However, if you are worried enough to consider it, it’s best to get some medical help. You know your child best if you are worried about them, it’s always better to get them seen, just in case.
It’s natural to worry when your child is ill, especially if your aren’t sure of the best way to take care of them. Follow the useful tips above, and you can ensure that when your child is ill, they get all the care they need.