Do’s and Don’ts When Treating Your Child’s Typical Ailments

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  • Read all product labels carefully – whether they come from a pharmacy or a health food store – and administer only as directed.
  • If you’re treating these problems for longer that a few days, see your health-care provider.
  • Do not combine remedies and medications.
  • If the condition worsens and your child has to see a doctor, be sure to describe all remedies and medications you have given.

Mom, I Feel Hot

Every parent has felt the slight wave of panic when they touch the flushed face of their child to discover they’re burning up. Fever is defined as body temperature above the normal 37°Celsius (38° if measured rectally or in the ear, 37.5°C when measured in the mouth, and 37.3°C under the arm). Fever is the body’s natural defense against infection or illness and won’t hurt your child. It usually goes away within three days.

Here’s How To Deal With It:

  • Keep child home from school or daycare to rest.
  • Dress your child in just one layer and don’t overheat the room.
  • Give plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration.
  • If temperature rises 1.5°C above normal, you can give acetominophen, or ibuprofen (if your child is taking fluids well), according to the dosage for your child’s age and weight. Do not give ASA (Aspirin) to a child with a fever. Do not give fever medication if you have already given other medication.

The Canadian Paediatric Society advises calling a health care professional if your fevered child:

  • is younger than six months
  • is feverish for more than 72 hours
  • is excessively cranky, fussy or irritable
  • is excessively sleepy, lethargic or non-responsive
  • has a rash or any other symptom that concerns you.

Published March 2010

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