No one is happy when your child is sick, especially the child. Dealing with your little one’s sickness can be stressful and, at times, alarming. You probably want to get that smile back on his/her face as fast as possible. Aside from contacting a medical professional, which should always be your first step, here are 4 steps to take when your little one is under the weather:
1) Comfort Your Child
The most important thing you can do when your child has come down with a bug is to comfort him or her. Feeling sick can be alarming to a young child, and he/she may become upset and stressed, so offering your support can help calm them down and aid in the healing process. Spend time with your child when they’re ill. Sit with them and read or watch their favorite movies or TV shows. Make sure they’re comfortable; prop their head up if they have a cough, make sure they have their favorite toy or stuffed animal nearby, and try to maintain a quiet environment so they can get some much needed sleep.
2) Treat Symptoms
When your child is ill, it is important to treat his or her symptoms so they can feel better and get back to being happy and healthy. In order to determine the right treatment, you should consult a medical professional, like her pediatrician or a pharmacist. If your child is prescribed an antibiotic or medication, follow the instructions provided with the prescription, and make sure they takes the medication as prescribed. If an over-the counter remedy is desired, choose from the TexaClear® Kids line based on your childs symptoms. TexaClear® Kids line offers a clean and clear choice for your child’s sinus, cold, cough and flu relief.
Some other ways to treat your child’s symptoms include:
- Ensure your child gets plenty of rest
- Use a humidifier to ease congestion
- Elevate the head to suppress coughing
3) Provide Liquids And A Proper Diet
Keeping your child hydrated during an illness is key to recovery. If your child is suffering from a head cold, liquids will help loosen phlegm so it’s easier for your child to cough up. If she has a stomach bug, and is vomiting and/or has diarrhea, it is vital to keep her hydrated. Many children end up hospitalized due to dehydration with a stomach flu. Water is the easiest option when your child has a cold, but your child might not be able to keep water down if she’s vomiting. If that is the case, consult with your pediatrician about an oral rehydration solution.
Choose foods for your child that are easy to consume. For a sore throat, popsicles and chicken soup are a time-tested standard. Chicken broth actually has anti-inflammatory properties, which reduces the release of mucus. For stomach-related illness, stick to liquids until your child starts to show signs of feeling better. Then you can start reintroducing foods like crackers, chicken soup, and dry cereal.
Throughout your child’s illness, monitor his or her temperature, symptoms, and any pain they might be feeling. Use a digital thermometer (consult with your doctor about which type would be best,) and check your child’s temperature regularly, about every four hours. If your child’s temperature exceeds 103.6, or 100.4F for an infant, contact a medical professional.
When your child is sick, stay calm. Seeking the assistance of a medical professional, and following these simple steps will ensure a quick recovery. Everyone will feel better in no time!