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The first time our baby gets sick, we can get very nervous. Whether you have a high fever, severe cough, diarrhea, or a cold, we don't really know how to deal with it when we're first timers. After a few trips to the hospital to see the baby in the emergency services, we are learning and taking our children's illnesses more calmly.
To take care of the child when he is ill is also learned. And, if at first you frown when you hear a mother recite the list of medications as if she were a pharmacist, you will see how after a visit to the pediatrician, you will also know how to do it.
1. When to take your child to the doctor. If the baby under three months of age becomes ill, either with a fever, a cold or diarrhea, it is advisable to always carry him. For all other cases, pediatricians recommend going if the fever persists for more than three days, has thick mucus for more than a week, the child is very down, has difficulty breathing or has an earache. In other situations, the common sense of the parents is appealed to.
2. Child with fever. In recent times, doctors have advised against bathing to lower fever. Pediatricians recommend waiting at least until the temperature has reached 38.5º to give the child paracetamol or ibuprofen. You should see a doctor if the baby is less than 3 months old, if it persists for two or three days and does not give way or if it is accompanied by vomiting, stiff neck, seizures or excessive decay.
3. Medicines for the sick child. The pediatrician is the right person to set a medication regimen and you have to be strict with them. If the child has to take antibiotics, we must not stop when he is better, but continue until the doctor has indicated.
4. Go to school. If the child has a fever, they must stay home until at least 24 hours after it has subsided. If you have a disease that can be contagious to other children, it should not be incorporated until fully recovered. Above all, if it is a gastrointestinal virus, which has a high degree of contagion.
5. Meals for the sick child. Unless medical contraindication, the child can eat whatever he wants. We must respect that he may be inappetent and it is difficult for him to eat, but it is not necessary to follow a strict diet as doctors previously recommended. It is very important instead that you are well hydrated, and drink enough water, juices or smoothies that are not too cold.
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