In those first few years of life, and when they start school, your child is likely to catch a number of different bugs and viruses. Getting colds, fevers, ear infections, and sickness is just part and parcel of being a child. There are, of course, things that you can do to prevent certain illnesses, through things like vaccinations and a healthy diet. But some things our children will just catch, but it can be a good thing to build up their immune system.
If you’re a new mom, though, then it can be pretty scary when your child gets sick for the first time. So here are some of the common ailments that your child is likely to get, and what you can be doing about them.
Fever and congestion, teamed with a cough and a sore throat will be quite commonplace with little ones. Getting a cold can happen a few times a year, and as long as they rest up, drink plenty of fluids, and take medication to deal with the pain, then it should be something that will clear in a few days. With very little ones, though, avoid cough and cold medicine, as it isn’t always suitable for them. Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns, but colds can be dealt with over-the-counter medicine.
If your child tugs at their ear a lot or has some unexplained crying (when they’re unable to tell you that their ear hurts), then it could be an ear infection. Again, these can be fairly commonplace when it comes to little ones, as they can’t clean their ears themselves, and their little bodies are learning to fight infections. If ear infections are happening a lot, then it could be worth looking for an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor), in your area. They can prescribe medication, as well as check for any underlying issues.
Children can get stomach bugs and stomach flu that only lasts for a day or two. But gastroenteritis is in fact much worse than a standard stomach sickness. It can cause pain in their stomachs, as well as diarrhea, and vomiting. Lots of rest is a good idea, as well as fluids and the right kinds of food. Stick to sips of water, bread, crackers, and other bland foods, so that you don’t make the sickness worse. After a bout of it, giving your child plenty of yogurt or getting a probiotic supplement can help to heal their gut and to get the right good bacteria back in their body.
Hand-Foot and Mouth Disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease can start out looking a little like chicken pox. However, the difference is that you will only notice the sores around or in the mouth, or on the hands and feet. You don’t always get it in each area, but do be on the lookout. Quite often they will feel generally well in themselves, but it can be highly infectious, so they should be kept at home to rest up, drink plenty of water, and avoid scratching!