What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick
Runny noses and coughs, fever, and the flu. Young kids may seem like walking germ factories! When caring for a sick child, you need to watch for symptoms, learn how to treat common illnesses, and know when to call the doctor.
A fever is usually a sign that the body is fighting against infection. Most fevers are from viral infections and last for 2-3 days.
Touch your child's forehead. If you think he feels hotter than normal, you're probably right.
To confirm your suspicions and help you figure out whether to call a doctor, take your child's temperature using a thermometer.
Kids get about six colds a year and there's no medicine to cure a cold or the flu. Your child will get better with time, rest, and lots of liquids.
To help stop the spread of a cold or the flu, teach the whole family to wash their hands often and use clean tissues to cover coughs and sneezes.
A young child's skin is delicate and sensitive. That's why many kids get a diaper rash or heat rash.
Some children also have a long-term skin problem called eczema.
Sometimes you need to call the doctor — or 911 — to get help right away. Here are some of those times:
As much as you try to keep your child safe, accidents will happen. Bumps, bruises, and scrapes are a normal part of a child's early years as he explores the world around him.
Be ready for an emergency by preparing a first aid kit. Store it in a place that's out of your child's reach, but easily accessible for adults. Don't forget to tell a babysitter or other caregiver where you've placed the kit in your home. You may also want to keep a second first aid kit in your car.
A child's heart and breathing can stop from things like drowning and choking. CPR gets air to the child and keeps blood moving in the body. Many people have saved their child's life by doing CPR.
Taking a class through the American Red Cross or your local hospital is the best way to learn CPR. Encourage all family members who take care of your baby to also get CPR training.