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Sore throats

Commonly found in children 2 and over, sore throats often occur when the temperature changes. They are frequent wherever germs gather - in childcare centres or schools. Red or white, they can be accompanied with fever, headaches and earaches. The treatment? Attack the symptoms: a viral sore throat should disappear by itself in 3 to 7 days.

4 tips to minimise the spread of germs:

  • Avoid sharing glasses and utensils
  • Throw away tissues after use
  • Air out rooms at least once a day
  • Wash hands regularly                                       

Everyday

Booboos

When they’re learning how to walk, or discovering the world, tiny children can be prone to little accidents! Often their injuries are innocuous, but sometimes they can be painful, and if so, a few simple steps can offer relief. A word of caution: a head injury followed by headaches, sleepiness or vomiting may be serious. If this is the case, you must visit your doctor.

3 steps to making a booboo better:

  • For bumps: apply ice, then a vapour rub
  • For superficial burns: run cold water over the area for 10 minutes then apply a soothing cream and cover with a band-aid.
  • For scrapes and cuts: disinfect with an antiseptic then spray on a soothing lotion and protect with a band-aid.

Digestion

Diarrhoea

Common in tots, diarrhoea is most often linked to things like teething, ear infections and overly rich food. Stools are more watery but as frequent as before: this indicates a « false » diarrhoea, separate from an intestinal infection. « Real » diarrhoea, with frequent watery stools, must be watched closely in under 3s. It may come with a dangerous level of dehydration in tiny children, so it’s a good idea to consult your doctor.

Here are our tips on keep a child with diahorrea hydrated:

  • Give your child frequent drinks of water
  • If the diarrhoea continues, opt for a hydrating solution found at your pharmacy
  • Continue breastfeeding

 

Digestion

Vomiting

Don’t confuse vomiting with regurgitation in small children – if it isn’t expelled with force, it’s likely a passing reaction and not serious. If the vomiting is accompanied with fever, it may herald a viral or bacterial infection. The only real danger is if the child is sick more than 3 times - he might become dehydrated. In this case, consult your doctor to prevent very fast dehydration in under 3s.

4 tips if your child is vomiting:

  • Ensure that he vomits with his head forward and that he spits out immediately what he has in his mouth to prevent the vomit from entering the respiratory system
  • Don’t force your child to eat
  • Give her regular drinks
  • Continue breastfeeding: more frequently and for shorter periods.

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