How to Deal with Common Childhood Diseases

Every child will get some type of childhood disease somewhere along the line, but every parent is still going to be worried sick! There is nothing that makes you feel as vulnerable or as frightened when your little one is ill, but you will find that knowing what to do can help. Besides making sure your child is stocked up on allergy drops and is getting plenty of fluids, there are a few tips you should remember for staying on top of those childhood diseases.

Vaccinate 
Vaccination has come under controversy in recent years, but all of the new data says vaccination is more important than ever. Vaccinations are an important part of keeping your child healthy, and preventing the spread of diseases, so talk to your doctor about what your child needs and go from there. Stay on schedule, and get the boosters when they are due.

Earlier Better than Later
If you see your child is sniffling and sneezing, it is far better for you to pull them out of school and have them rest up before it gets worse. The longer an illness goes on untreated, the harder it is going to be for your child to bounce back. A single day spent at home, is much better than a full week spent missing, so keep an eye on your kid, and make sure they aren’t the one getting the entire class sick this year.

Fluids
Children can use up fluids in an amazingly short amount of time, which is why you should work to keep them well hydrated. Pedialyte is a good choice for very young children who are dealing with dehydration when very ill. Remember that small kids dehydrate very quickly when they have been throwing up, so take a moment to consider when your child last drank, especially when sick.

Listen

Children need to be listened to. If your child tells you that they feel sick, listen to them. Ask them questions about where they feel sick, or what is affecting them. Children do not always know how to describe what they are feeling, but they know when something is wrong. Take your child’s complaints seriously, and make sure you can tell the difference between a fib and a real cause for concern.

Parents invested in keeping their children healthy, likely have all sorts of fears about childhood illnesses. Remember that getting sick is all a part of being a kid, so do what you can to get your kid back on their feet sooner!

Information Credit: MyAllergyDrops.com

 

By Erica Buteau

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