Ally has just gotten over her cold and now its Max’s turn to fall ill. There isn’t much I can do for him, his body has to fight the virus on its own but we try to relief his symptoms as much as we can.
In her first year, Ally often fell ill, she would catch a cold every other month and the highlight of her first year was spending Christmas at home with me cos we both contracted Hand Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD). Over time I’ve built up quite a few essential items to keep handy at home and I would like to share these with you.
* Please note that you should never attempt to self medicate your children, always seek a doctor’s advice before administering any medication.
Panadol- I always keep a bottle of Panadol on stand by for low grade fevers. The dosage can often be found on the side of the bottle according to the child’s age.
Fever Patches- Always helpful for low grade fevers as well.
Ibuofen- Given by the pediatrician, handy for high fevers above 39 degrees celcius. Especially useful when the children contracted viral fever or fake measles. Their temperatures tend to spike extremely high and alternating panadol and Ibuofen was the only thing that kept their temperatures down.
Pedialyte- I keep these in the freezer and used them when Ally has severe diarrhea / vomiting. Dehydration is extremely dangerous for young children and Pedialyte helps to rehydrate them. At room temperature it can be quite yucky to drink cos of the slight salty taste, one way is to freeze them like ice lollies, the other trick is to mix it with a little bit of Ribena.
Ice pack/ teether – Children are often falling down and an ice pack is always handy for bruises or bumps. A frozen teether is useful for times when they fall and split their lip, get the child to suck on the frozen teether to help soothe the pain and stop the bleeding.
Thermometer- it’s always good to know if your child is running a low-grade fever or something more serious. Sometimes a low-grade fever is just a sign that the body is trying to fight an infection and medication might not always be necessary.
Number of your child’s doctor- Always have it in a prominent place so that in an event of an emergency, you don’t have to go hunting for it.
The most important thing when dealing with a sick child is to remain calm. I know it’s easier said then done especially when your child is crying inconsolably. But children pick up on our emotions very quickly and you won’t want your child to panic as well.