Being a parent can be incredibly difficult. There is a lot that you have to deal with when it comes to looking after little ones. When children are younger, their immune system isn’t as strong as adults’. This results in them catching a lot of bugs and getting sick. Some illnesses are more common in children than others. It may be a good idea to undertake a parental first aid course and learn about certain illnesses that make children very ill. Knowing how to deal with these will remove some of the stress when a child is sick. You can learn more here about relevant courses you can attend. Take a look below to find out more about common childhood illnesses and how to make them better for your children.
Coughs & Colds
This happens to be one of the most common childhood illnesses they can experience. The common cold goes around nurseries, schools, and homes like wildfire. One child gets it, then everyone has got it. It can cause a fever, blocked or runny nose, headaches, sore throat, and fatigue. Children are often expected to still attend school with a cold, and teachers are always sympathetic when children are feeling poorly. To treat a cold, dose up on over-the-counter medications if you have them, and let your child rest as much as possible.
Another symptom of the common cold is a continuous and rather annoying cough. Children can be affected by other coughs such as croup. Be aware of this and make sure you know the difference. Croup sounds like a dog barking, and some children are unfortunate enough to end up in hospital.
Chickenpox is one of those things that is inevitable, most children will get it at some point before they turn 10. It used to be quite common to have chicken pox parties so that all children in one class would get it around about the same time. The problem with not getting chicken pox as a child is you risk getting it as an adult. Getting it young creates very few problems, getting it as an adult can be extremely dangerous. Chickenpox is incredibly itchy, and it is important to remind your children not to scrath it, as difficult as that may be. You can treat the pox and take away the itch by giving your children oat baths and rubbing soothing calamine lotion on their skin.
Finally, whooping cough is something you hope your children never get, there is a vaccine available which is part of the routine vaccination program. There is a reason for this, it can be life-threatening. It is particularly dangerous in babies, if a baby gets whooping cough, then it can lead to other complications such as pneumonia and convulsions. When you are pregnant with your children, you will also be offered the whooping cough vaccine to protect you both. Symptoms of this awful illness are similar to those of the common cold.