Like many parents, the health and happiness of our children is very much a primary focus, if not thee primary focus. You will always feel protective about your kids, and this is only natural. Whether they’re 3 or 33, it’s a parents job to worry, and we wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
But when it does come to sickness and ailments, and trying your best to ensure your children don’t become sick, what do you need to consider? Well, if you do feel like your child isn’t 100%, here are a few things you may want to do.
Consult A Friend
Sometimes you might be able to ask a friend what their opinion is if you think your child may be ill. This might be helpful for a number of reasons. It might be that you know that they have experience the same illnesses, and that they might have gleaned some information which they can pass on.
Or they might just be a generally knowledgeable friend when it comes to these kinds of health concerns. In any case, asking a friend can often be a great way of ensuring that you discover what kind of seriousness something is, from which point you can then consider whether you need to see the doctor or not. For many people, seeing a friend first is a useful first step.
See The Pharmacist
Oftentimes, you can learn a lot from the pharmacist if you or your child have some kind of symptom but you are unsure of what to do about it. Most importantly, they will let you know if the best thing to do is to see the doctor, but they will also be able to help you out in other ways, should that be sufficient and necessary.
There are now many nhs minor ailments services, which are useful if you have some kind of minor problem which you don’t think the doctor can do anything about or needs to know about. This is just one of the many ways in which the pharmacist can help you out, and it is worth thinking about.
Visit Your GP
While we don’t recommend visiting a GP every time you feel there may be something wrong with your child (e.g. a temperature can come and go quickly), if they have been unwell for a period of time or just appear to be totally out of sorts, making a trip to your GP to seek help and advice should be a no brainer.
Seek Help Online
Going online for medical information can be dangerous and can sometimes put you in a state of panic, as you can’t fully trust the quality or veracity of the information being presented there. However, there are a few trusted sites which you can stick to and which can be a useful place to start out if you have some kind of health problem you want to investigate.
Going somewhere like the NHS official website is always a good starting point, while websites like Mayo Clinic and Web MD have lots of great resources. Regardless of what you read online, it’s always worth visiting your GP or even going to the hospital or out of hours if you are particularly worried with any illness your children have.
Got Something to Add?
What’s your go to source when it comes to getting advice in your child’s health and well being? Let us know by commenting below.
Until next time, thanks for reading.
Helen, Nial and Lewis.