In fact, it is not easy at all to know what to do if your child is sick sometimes, you don’t even know if your child is sick! There are many questions across your mind such as when should they stay indoors or in bed if they have a cough? and most important when to call the doctor!
Remember that your baby can’t tell you when he or she’s feeling sick but they’ll usually give you signals, through their body language or behavior. Luckily, this is where your maternal instinct kicks in!
You can indicate that your baby’s having a fever if their body’s temperature above 38°C. In this case, your child needs to see the doctor. Remember that pain relief medicines like paracetamol can cause a high temperature.
Fever may also appear in any of the following situations:
- A high temperature, but cold feet and hands
- A high temperature that doesn’t come down with paracetamol or ibuprofen
- A high temperature in a baby less than 8 weeks old
- Rapid breathing
- A throaty noise while breathing
Vomiting is one of the most common reactions to bodily upsets that may or may not be serious.
Diarrhoea is usually due to the loss of fluid through repeated water poos that cause dehydration in young children
If your child is having pain in the abdomen, throat, ears, or muscles, or when passing urine
Rashes, which are very common in babies and young children, maybe because of an infectious disease such as measles or chickenpox, or an allergic reaction to medicine. Try to figure out the cause, that may require some medical treatments.
If your baby is having a headache lasting for a long time or comes and goes, your baby needs to see the doctor.
What to do if you realized your baby was ill?
One in 10 of you headed straight to the doctor. The rest of you, though, we’re confident you could handle your baby’s illness at home. When it comes to treating your little one’s symptoms, you’re well prepared. Around two-thirds of you are happy that you have all the first-aid equipment you need in your medicine cabinet. The basics include:
- A first-aid manual
- Baby thermometer
- Calamine lotion for sunburn and rashes
- Antiseptic cream for cuts and scrapes
- Sticky plasters in various sizes and shapes
- Antihistamine cream to help soothe insect bites and stings
When to call an ambulance
Call an ambulance right away if you detect any of the following symptoms:
- Stops breathing
- Won’t wake up
- Has a severe allergic reaction
- Has a fit for the first time, even if they seem to recover
- Has a spotty, purple-red rash anywhere on the body that doesn’t fade when you press a glass against it.
- If you think your baby has been seriously injured by someone
- If your baby is under 8 weeks old and you’re extremely worried about them being abnormal
In the end, always trust your instincts; no one will know your baby better than you, therefore make sure to notice any behavioral change in your baby.