Published On: Tue, Jul 21st, 2015

5 Tips for Caring for Sick Children

There are few things sick childmore stressful and anxiety-provoking than caring for sick children. Often, it is difficult to know exactly how sick a child is and difficult to get a complete and accurate picture of all their symptoms. The good news is there are many beneficial things you can do to care for an unwell child and support their recovery.

1. Seek Medical Help
Taking a child to the doctor is one of the best ways to get a clear understanding of what is actually wrong and the care the child needs. Fortunately, services such as Doctor To You can provide a home doctor that will visit your home after hours to provide guidance about the best ways to care for a sick child. This is incredibly helpful and reassuring, as it is often common for children to be unwell during the night or on weekends.

Give the doctor as much information as possible about the child’s symptoms and conditions, and then be guided by their advice about the best ways to treat the illness.

2. If It Is Serious, Go to Emergency or Call an Ambulance
If your child shows signs of a serious illness and/or you are very concerned about him or her, take your child to a hospital emergency department. Depending on the seriousness and severity of the situation, you may need or want to call an ambulance. Ultimately, you need to make the decision, but it’s always best you take no risks with a child’s health – particularly when the situation is or could be serious.

3. Keep the Child Hydrated
Unless instructed otherwise, ensuring the sick child has plenty of fluids to drink is important. In many cases, hydration is far more important than food unless a child really needs to eat. A significant amount of fluid is lost when a child has a fever, and hydration (ideally through water consumption) will help the child get over the illness.

4. Encourage Rest
Although your child may not want to lay in bed, being comfortable and getting plenty of rest will help them to get better. They should be in a room that is well ventilated (and not too hot), and should be able to sleep when they wanthappy child to. Being able to play quiet games, read stories, and have comfort and company may also be helpful for your child’s recovery.

If you are caring for a sick baby or infant, be vigilant that you do not both fall asleep on the sofa. Looking after a sick child is definitely exhausting, but falling asleep in this situation can increase the risk of cot death.

5. Isolate Your Child If They Are or May Be Contagious
As desperate as you and your child may be to return to ‘life as usual’, it’s important they are kept isolated if contagious. This applies in many different situations, including those where your child has a cold or a common childhood disease such as chicken pox and head lice, as well as when your child has a rash. If unsure of whether your child is contagious, have him or her checked over by a medical practitioner.

Caring for a sick child can be stressful and definitely exhausting. Follow these tips to help your child recover as quickly as possible and try to take good care of yourself as you care for your child.

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  1. This is so helpful, thank you so much for sharing this experience.

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