The other day my six year old was sick. He caught a stomach bug (believe me, that's all you want...
The other day my six year old was sick. He caught a stomach bug (believe me, that's all you want to know). It was not pretty. But it got me thinking about what parents need to know when their child is sick. When you have a baby or young child who falls ill you need to make some important assessments. These assessments will come in handy when you call your care provider.
- Is your child's activity lower or very different than usual?
- Is your child eating normally? Note amount of foods and drinks ingested.
- Is vomiting or diarrhea present? Look at the color and consistency (Ugh, but seriously this is what you signed on for as a parent). If there's blood in either stools or vomit contact your care provider right away.
- how much is your child urinating -- infrequent or a lack of urination means that your child is becoming dehydrated.
- Is your child flushed in the face or very pale?
- How fast is your child breathing? What does his breathing sound like?