When your child is ill, do you think about a hospital or home treatment? When your child is ill, he or she will require a little special attention. All children get sick or tend to injure themselves from time to time. The decision you have to take as a parent is whether you will treat them at home or head straight to an emergency room in a hospital.
It is your priority to keep your children healthy and safe. At a young age, children tend to be weak against germs as their immune system is not totally developed. When they are of school going age, mostly the symptoms of illness may be high fever, severe vomiting, dehydration, burns, cuts, wheezing or asthma.
Every parent must have some elementary first aid skills to help their children in emergencies. Parents can treat simple wounds such as minor grazes or cuts and burns at home to save the stress and time required in visiting a hospital. Parents should also know how to treat children should they choke on their food, drinks or their own saliva.
The medicine cabinet at home should always be well stacked with the first aid manual, sterile pads of assorted sizes, adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic creams, thermometer and useful medicines like paracetamol, diazepam gel, Ibuprofen and anti-diarrhoeal tablets.
It is suggested that parents should not become complacent to treat all symptoms at home. They must always seek medical help for cuts that end up with lots of bleeding. Head injuries along with vomiting or unconsciousness should always be referred to hospitals. If there is a swelling on arms or legs after a fall, it should immediately be referred to a clinic. You cannot take burns lightly if your child’s clothes stick to the burn or if the burnt area involves the face. You have to cover the burn with a clean gauze and rush to the nearest hospital.