No matter how much you try to shield you children from sicknesses, they will most likely come down with something eventually. That’s just a fact of life and while you can’t prevent the inevitable, you can prepare yourself for it. Below are some tips to help you care for your little one when they’re feeling under the weather.
Check for a fever.
Use a thermometer to take your child’s temperature. If the fever is high or prolonged, seek medical attention right away. Otherwise, give them ibuprofen or acetaminophen and make sure they rest completely.
Make sure they get plenty of fluids.
This will prevent dehydration, which is especially important if they are suffering from diarrhea or vomiting.
Use a humidifier.
Steam is an effective way to ease congestion, coughing, and sore throat.
Give them a warm bath.
This will soothe your child and ease her aches and pains. Make sure to dry her well afterward to prevent the chills.
Have them rest.
Make sure your child is comfortable and in a quiet environment so they can get as much sleep as possible. This will aid in the recovery process.
Elevate their head.
Keeping their head slightly elevated with pillows will help them breathe more easily.
Give them easily digestible foods.
Some safe options include Saltine crackers, toast, bananas, and applesauce. Chicken noodle soup is good for relieving cold and flu symptoms.
Know the signs of serious illness.
Watch for changes in breathing patterns, severe headache, changes in skin color, unresponsiveness, severe or persistent vomiting, sudden or prolonged dizziness, and pain or pressure in the chest or stomach. These are indicators that your child needs to be seen by a medical professional immediately.
At Cranium Academy, we like to keep our students as healthy as possible. Our devoted staff works hard to create a clean and sanitary environment in each classroom and play area to prevent the spread of sicknesses. We also teach our students the importance of personal hygiene, encouraging each student to wash their hands before eating and after using the restroom.