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It’s been 9 years dealing with a sick child and their parents. And I discovered something common in today’s parents. “They are too over-protective with their child’s health.” Here the child just sneezes and there you find them at the doctor’s desk.

I know its difficult seeing your child sick. Please don’t take this as a finger pointing on you. I never intend to do so.

But, here’s something crazy!

Defining “what is right” is not always simple for your child’s health. And sometimes you can do more harm by being too concerned over it.

mother-worried-over-daughter-health

 

Look:

I don’t say not to consult your doctor for your sick child, but majority common health concerns benefit from the wait-and-see approach rather than springing in action quickly.

Today, I will give you an account of the common health concerns of a sick child. Plus, when you need a doctor for your sick child.

#1 Fever

What is fever?

Fever is an elevated body temperature accompanying an infection. If your child has a fever, it means his body is actually working to get rid of the bacteria/virus.

Thus, fever is protective for your child. It shows that the body’s defensive forces work well to combat the illness causing germ.

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Image: unilab.com.ph

Now, this may be challenging for you to hear!

Most fevers are mild and need no treatment. They go away on their own. Click To Tweet

What should you do in case of mild fever?

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Give plenty of warm fluids to your child like warm soup, warm water, etc.

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Serve him a balanced diet with fruits and veggies.

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Allow him to sleep for 8-10 hours a day. Give him adequate rest.

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Watch his symptoms for 48-72 hours and consult the doctor only if:

  • The fever is over 100.5 degrees
  • Fever doesn’t go down even after 3 days
  • The child looks very ill even with mild fever

Key point: Don’t expect fever to go down from 101 to normal with one dose of medicine. If your child seems well, but his fever hasn’t gone down much, that’s ABSOLUTELY OK.

#2 Ear pain

Though I have written a full-fledged post about ear pain here, I wish to stress on some key points in this post.

Nearly 50% kids with an acute ear infection recover without any antibiotics, as per a study in Pediatrics.

girl-child-crying-of-ear-pain

Image: verywellhealth.com

Therefore,

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Don’t diagnose an ear infection the moment your child complains of an ear pain.

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Wait and see if the pain increases/subsides within 48 hours

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Rush to the doctor only if:

  • Any fluid drains from the child’s ear
  • Child is under 2 years of age and complains of severe ear pain
  • Pain is accompanied by high fever
  • Pain doesn’t improve within 48 hours

#3 Teething

Many parents ask me to give a preventive so that their child doesn’t suffer from fever/diarrhoea while teething.

But, let me tell you a fact!

Teething is a natural process and not associated with any diarrhoea, vomiting, or fever, as the belief is. Any fever/diarrhoea is likely caused by a viral infection. Click To Tweet

child-teething-and-putting-toy-in-mouth

So, when your child is teething:

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Try teething toys or a wet washcloth chilled in the freezer for 15-20 minutes

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Always wash your hands and the child’s after using the toilet, before, and after eating

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Use a disinfectant to mop the house floors

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Clean your child’s toys once/twice a week (as children put toys in their mouth while teething)

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Give him finger foods to chew upon and relieve gum pain

 

Consult your doctor only if the child has a fever above 100 degrees or is in severe pain.

#4 Cough and cold

Seasonal cough and cold makes up for 80% of the cases reporting to my clinic, yet I don’t prescribe medicines for all.

And that’s a reason behind it.

Most cases of cough and cold are mild and will go away on their own. There’s no need of pushing medicines down your child’s throat for mild symptoms.

boy-coughing

Instead, what you can do is:

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Give plenty of fluids to your child to prevent dehydration

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Take care of his diet. Ensure he eats well, on time, and a balanced diet rich in Vitamin C

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? Use saline nasal drops and hot steam to relieve stuffiness of the nose

2705 - Featured: An Unusual Advice: Who said every sick child needs a doctor? You can also give him a spoon or two of honey to soothe the throat

Say Hi to your doctor only when:

  1. The child has a high fever above 100.5 degrees
  2. You see no relief in symptoms after 3 days/ symptoms get worse
  3. Notice green/yellow discharge from nose/mouth/ears
  4. The child complains of severe ear pain

How often do you visit your doctor with your sick child? Does he need a doctor every time he falls sick? Or are you just being too over protective of him? This post will help you decide whether your sick child needs a doctor and when. #MomandMe #childcare #kidshealth

So, am I reluctant to treat your sickchild?

Well, after reading this post, I may sound so. You might feel I am not interested in looking after your sick child and giving him the ‘right’ treatment.

But, as I said, ‘what is right’ regarding your child’s health is not always simple. However, if you keep the below guidelines in mind, it gets a lot easier.

Your sick child needs a doctor ONLY when he has:

  • Continuous fever of 100.5 degrees or more for over 3 days
  • Severe ear pain with bulging of ear drum/draining of the fluid
  • Yellow/green discharge from the nose/eyes/ears/mouth

This is to ensure you don’t push unnecessary medicines down your child’s throat and help him develop a healthy and strong immune system.

 

So, what’s your reaction to my unusual advice in this post? Still in doubt? Well, you can either post them in the comments below OR have one-one discussion with me by signing below

 

If you are satisfied with my advice here, go and share it with other parents too! They genuinely need it!

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Hi. I am Dr Shivangi Aggarwal, Founder, Mom and Me, practicing as a homoeopathic consultant for child diseases since 10 years. Raising a physically and emotionally healthy child is no less than a challenge today as it is encountered by many hurdles. "Mom and Me" holds your hand to overcome these challenges in the most practical way and give your child a future he will love.

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