Tips for Taking Care of a Sick Child
What parents need to know about checking on a sick child
Having a sick child is worrisome for any parent. You want to monitor your child’s condition for any changes and make sure medicine is given at correct times, but you also know rest is important.
How do you make sure you aren’t checking in too frequently – or too little? Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when monitoring your child’s recovery.
Nighttime is for sleep
When your child isn’t feeling well, you’re going to be worried. Your protective tendencies might compel you to check on him every few hours at night – especially if he has a fever or body aches. That said, if he’s fast asleep, the best thing you can do for him is let him keep sleeping.
Sleep is when the body’s immune system can devote the most energy to fighting off the infection, but it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you are sick. If your child has managed to fall into a peaceful sleep, he’s most likely already on the road to recovery. Don’t disturb him. Using a wearable, wireless thermometer, such as TempTraq, allows remote monitoring of his temperature from a nearby mobile device for up to 24 hours.
During the day, check in periodically and make sure medicine is administered at the intervals recommended on the packaging or by your pediatrician. Observe how your child is feeling. Look for changes in symptoms, such as increased pain, fever or coughing.
Also make sure she is adequately fed and hydrated. If she has a stomach virus that prevents her from keeping food down, offer her gelatin or sports drinks in small amounts to help her stay hydrated.
When to see the doctor
Is your child experiencing severe stomach or head pain, vomiting or discolored nasal discharge that is noticeably green, yellow or bloody? If these or other acute symptoms do not improve in a day or two, that is the time to get your pediatrician involved or visit the emergency room. These are potential signs of a more serious infection that could require antibiotics and additional monitoring.
Nobody likes to be sick – least of all kids – but by incorporating some of these monitoring tips, you can put your child back on the road to wellness!
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