Even if you try to do everything correctly, your child will get sick – and probably quite often. This is not a bad thing: curiously your child’s immune system needs to come into direct contact with viruses and bacteria in order to develop a good resistance to the bad germs.
In fact, a few studies shows that the more health problems your child gets in the few years after birth, the healthier he’s likely to be later in life. Naturally, you won’t welcome each cold and tummy bug your children falls victim to. After all, caring for a sick kid can be extremely worrying, particularly when you cannot quite work out what is wrong with him. Try to keep these things in perspective:
All children get sick, and in most cases the health problems aren’t serious and do not pose any grave threat to your child’s health in long-term. However, if you are at all worried about your sweetheart, get him checked out by a physician. And try to be continuously aware of the signs of sickness such as meningitis, which require urgent and immediate medical treatment. The only person who can tell better and more accurate than anyone else if your sweetheart is sick is you. Follow and trust your instincts: You probably have a better chance to spot these signs when something is not quite right.
Noticeable signs that your child has an evil bug include the following:
- Fever: The presence of fever almost always means a recent infection. Fever itself is not too dangerous – it is the body’s normal and common reaction to the invasion of foreign organisms – but you need to lower your child’s temperature to prevent overheating, which can cause the febrile convulsion.
- Lethargy or irritability: Your kid’s behavior may be affected by a fever. The high temperature may make him lethargic, drowsy, or irritable.
- Cough: This is a normal sign that your child has a recent infection.
- Diarrhea and vomiting: Symptoms like these are commonly associated with health problems directly involving the bowel or tummy, such as food poisoning or gastroenteritis, although sometimes they happen for other reasons. Some children throw up if they have a high body temperature; others throw up if they’re mentally upset. If your sweetheart is suffering from vomiting as well as diarrhea, she probably has a common tummy bug, which normally settles on its own with no lasting effects. Diarrhea without vomiting, especially if followed by fever, may have other cause such as urinal infection. If you are in doubt speak to the family doctor or health visitor.
- Rash: Rashes often a sign for viral infection. The presence of a rash does not usually make the sickness any more serious – as a matter of fact, it can help your physician diagnose illnesses such as chickenpox and German measles. But if your child has rash, ask your family doctor to check it out to be sure that he’s not displaying signs of meningitis or another life-threatening illness. The simplest way to check for meningitis is by using the ‘glass test’. Press the bottom of a transparent glass on to the child’s rash. If the rash disappears or fades, it is almost certainly not meningitis; if the rash stays, your child may suffer blood poisoning (meningococcal septicemia) – so call an ambulance quickly.
The list above is a very basic description of some of the most frequent childhood symptoms.