- quiet and withdrawn,
- tugging on their ears,
- crying, agitated, anxious, angry or frightened.
- Avoiding their usual activities because that may make the pain worse.
- Ensure your child is rested and cool.
- Take off some clothes and blankets (keep covered with a sheet). Cool the room if it is too warm.
- Continuously wipe the head and body with a wet, lukewarm (not cold) cloth.
- Give plenty of fluids to drink (a little but often) to prevent dehydration.
- Give some paracetamol. Follow dosage instructions carefully and give your child the correct amount. Ask your Life pharmacist if you are unsure about doage and frequency.
- Pain relievers should not be used regularly or continuously.
- Always give the correct dose at the correct interval.
- They can sometimes cover up severe illnesses such as earache or meningitis, especially in babies and younger children. See a doctor quickly if you are worried.
- Do not give aspirin to children under 12 years of age unless your doctor says you can.
- Check with your Life pharmacist before giving your child any new medicine.
Common childhood illnesses
Young children may develop one of the following illnesses. See your doctor if you suspect any illness.
|Signs and Symptoms||Time from first contact until first sign of illness||How long is your child infections||What you can do to help your child|
|10 - 21 days||From 2 days before the rash until the rash dries up, about 7 days later.||
|10 - 12 days||
Meningitis (Bacterial) *
|2 - 10 days||
|About 12-25 days.||From one week before to 9 days after symptoms appear.||
|About 14 - 21 days||
|About 7 - 10 days||
- Still has pain or high fever (39°C or more) after 24 hours.
- Has a bout of vomiting for longer than 24 hours
- Has more than two runny smelly bowel motions in a day.
- Vomits and has diarrhoea together.
- Breathes more quickly than normal or grunts.
- Has a continuous cough or wheeze.
- Has an unusual cry for longer than one hour.
- Cries, grizzles and rubs at their ear, or an ear is runny.
- Is difficult to wake up
- Has a fit or convulsion
- Refuses two normal feeds in 24 hours.
- Feels too hot or too cold.
- Is unusually floppy or pale (even without other signs).
- Develops a rash or stiff neck