Help!! The child has fallen ill.. What to do now?
Or, When to call the doctor when the child falls ill!
Plus some homemade remedies for sick children..
First things first: your child is consistently crying and your parenting instinct tells you something is not right. Is that a false positive or you need to call the doctor immediately. It is important to note that you may need to pay a number of visits to the doctor in the initial years of the baby. Why? Because the immune system of the child is still developing and the baby is prone to colds, coughs and stomach upsets.
Some homemade remedies to soothe the child:
Mucus in the nose? Try steam breathing – it is immensely effective against the same. A steamer or a humidifier would work perfectly. Not available at the local store? Try ordering it online.
Onion as decongestant:
The good, old onion as a decongestant! Yes, it works like a charm. Simply place a few slices of freshly cut onion next to the crib or the bed of the child. You may scoff at the odor, though.
Honey helps in soothing the throat and provides relief from cough. Several surveys have pointed out its effectiveness in taming coughs vis-à-vis cough syrups. However, it must not be administered to kids below one year as that can be dangerous at times.
In fact, honey can be administered along with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice for providing quick relief from cough. Mix one teaspoon of honey with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and give it to the child for two to three times a day and see the cough evaporate.
We are also working out a series of herbal remedies for cough, cold and fever. Since certain herbs are not available at all places, we are going to list the alternatives as well. Watch out for the next post for more.
When to see the doctor:
When the fever is 100 degree F or higher when the baby is under three months old or when the fever is over 102 degrees F when the baby is over three months.
The child shows symptoms of meningitis such as:
- Fever with cold hands and feet
- Unusual crying
- Rapid breathing
- Purple-red rashes
- Avoiding bright objects
When there is repeated vomiting over a period of 12 hours and/or accompanied by diarrhea, rashes or fever.
An object gets stuck:
The kid swallowed anything? Well, you need to rush to the doctor immediately to get the object removed. Certain objects can get removed by a suction machine while others may need a mini surgery. Better not waste even a second.
Not having his/her feed for more than eight hours:
The baby does not want to drink anything for more than eight hours is a sure shot sign of something not being right. You need to get concerned even if the baby has had less than half of his/her normal feed.