Thursday, 20 October 2016

How to make it through the season with Coughs, Colds and Stomach Bugs

The leaves have turned that beautiful shade of burnt orange and fallen from the trees. The weather has become much colder, and the nights have started to draw in. It’s safe to say that winter is well and truly on its way. Although winter brings excitement with it, such as snowman building, it also comes with some downsides. Come winter and all the nasty coughs, colds and bugs are out in force.

As a parent, the idea of our kids getting sick is an upsetting and worrying one. Even if it’s just a cold, it’s hard not to worry, isn’t it? It’s not only worrying but also stressful. There’s the concern that whatever they’ve picked up will spread to everyone else. The stress of getting time off of work to look after them. Then there's the worry of whether they need to see a doctor.

When your child is unwell, it’s always going to be a worrying and stressful time. However, there are some simple things that you can do to make the season of coughs, colds, and nasty bugs easier to cope with.


Stock up your first aid kit

As well as plasters and antiseptic cream, make sure that your first aid kit is stocked up with everything that you may need if one of your kids gets sick. It’s important to stock up beforehand because you may not be able to leave the house if they’re unwell. A thermometer is a must - ideally, you want to opt for a digital in-ear one. This is because these are easy to use and give a reliable reading. It’s also important to have painkillers in your first aid kit, to help make them comfortable or bring down a temperature. Cough syrup and cough sweets can also be worth stocking up on. Ideally, you want to have everything that you could possibly need, so that should one of your little ones become unwell, you're covered.

Ensure the whole family is registered at your local doctor’s office

If you’ve already registered the whole family at your local doctor’s office, then you don’t need to worry about this. However, if you’ve just moved to the area or haven’t got around to registering yet, make sure to do so as soon as possible. As that way, should you need an appointment for one of your little ones, you can get it. As well as locating your local doctor’s office, it’s also a good idea to find out where your nearest after hours pediatrician is located. Just in case one of your children becomes unwell after the local doctor’s surgery has shut for the day.

Get informed on what signs and symptoms to worry about

It’s a good idea to take the time to read up on the signs and symptoms that are a normal part of coughs, colds, and other winter illnesses. As well as taking the time to research the symptoms that aren’t a normal part of common conditions. So that should one of your children become unwell, you know what warrants a trip to see the doctor. This will also allow you to worry less, as you’ll be aware of what symptoms are normal and which ones aren’t.

There you have it, handy tips and advice for surviving the season of coughs, colds, and nasty stomach bugs.


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