As a parent of a you g child, they will invariably pick up lots of bugs at this time of year from nursery, play groups and other children. These include vomiting bugs and respiratory bugs, as well as temperatures. These are a real concern for parents and it can be difficult to know when to seek help. Follow this guide to know when to seek help
Common Winter Illnesses
Vomiting bugs are quite common in small children and tend to spread around the family. So what can I do to keep my child and family well:
first of all look out for signs of dehydration which include :
– reduced urine output
– dry lips
– lethargy or floppiness
– a sunken fontanelle in babies
The most important thing is to keep them hydrated so offer small sips of fluid regularly. If this isn’t tolerated seek medical advice.
Make sure you maintain good hand hygiene at all times,
Remember that childcare is off the menu for the following 2 days.
Little children are often full of cold, sometimes this goes on their chest and can affect their sleep and feeding. You can look at propping them up in their cot / in bed when they settle at night and if you have a baby clear their nostrils for them.
They tend to get exhausted quickly with difficulty in breathing. This would show that they are drawing in around their ribs, breathing with their tummy, wheezing, coughing.
If they are struggling to feed or seem to be really struggling with their breathing get them checked out.
Temperatures are also fairly common with bugs.
A normal temperature is anything up to 37.5 degrees and you can consider treating it if it goes over 38 degrees.
If the temperature won’t come down or they are floppy, not feeding or look pale, mottled and blotchy then get them checked out.
If your child becomes unwell and you are concerned about them, seek advice. For further information about how to manage minor illnesses why not book a first aid course.
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