An ill child is always a distressing sight and the situation can be even more tense if you cannot decide whether to call out the doctor.
There are some circumstances, for example after a serious injury, when medical help obviously should be sought immediately.
There are, however, many more situations where the seriousness isn??t quite as clear-cut...
The following situations are all serious enough to require admission to hospital. Many are life-threatening, in which case you should call for an ambulance.
Your doctor will need to know certain things to help him make a diagnosis and gauge the severity of the illness or injury.
If appropriate, ask your doctor for home nursing tips.
Once with your doctor, she should examine your child thoroughly and give you an honest opinion of what??s wrong.
Never regard a high temperature as the only sign of whether your child is ill; a child can be very ill without a high temperature or quite healthy with one.
It can be difficult giving medicine to your child, particularly if he is very tiny or being uncooperative. Here are my tips to cover every eventuality, including giving ear, eye and nose drops.
Fever is a raised temperature that accompanies an illness is the body??s way of responding to infection, and is a sign that the body is marshalling its defences.
You should always keep some medicines in the house in case of emergency in the middle of the night when you may not be able to get to a chemist easily.