Yes, I am a nurse but I am in no way a doctor and I am not giving any diagnostic medical advice. If in doubt, please talk to your doctor. These are only my opinions and what I have tried on my own children at home.
Oh, the joys of going into the sick kid season! I’m not excited for this time of year at all because as a pediatric nurse, I will be slammed at work! Sick comes will start to come in back to back in no time.
Parents get all frazzled because their child has a runny nose. Most of the time the kid has an upper respiratory infection or a cold and parents don’ like to hear that because they spent the time to come in and are hoping for an antibiotic.
Antibiotics are not being prescribed like candy anymore and that is because when a child has a viral illness and are put on antibiotics, this can cause superbugs which cant be treated. It’s best to just naturally treat the virus rather than put them on an antibiotic that can’t treat the virus and cause superbugs that will cause more harm to your child.
What Can Be Done
Whether we like it or not, our children will be exposed to icky germs during the respiratory season. All you can do is do your best to keep them healthy.
- Wash, wash, and wash your kids hands. Hand sanitizer is helpful too if you’re not in a place to use soap and water.
- Drill in their heads to not stick fingers in their mouth. This is just a disgusting habit that needs to stop in order to prevent germs spreading.
- Teach your child to cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Have them use the elbow crease because it covers more area on their face.
- Make them eat foods that are high in vitamin C.
- After they blow their nose, make sure they wash their hands.
- If you have a kid who is sick, please don’t send them to school. This will prevent other kids from getting sick too. There can be children at school who have a low immune system due to medications or illnesses they may have and being around a sick kid will only make it worse for them.
This list shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, this is all common sense stuff. However, many people tend to not follow these rules and cant help to prevent spreading of germs.
Caring For Sick Kids
I actually have an article that I previously posted that you can refer to here. It covers how to take care of sick kids in more detail.
If you have a sick child and you’re unsure of what to do then here are some basic steps to take while at home.
- Lots of rest and fluids. If they prefer juice, then give them juice with some added water to cut the sugar content. Gatorade is great for the electrolytes.
- If they have a fever, try Tylenol or Motrin within their dose range. If you’re unsure of what dose to give them, please don’t guess. Give your doctor a call to find the accurate dosage for their weight.
- In the case your child has a fever, don’t send them to school until their fever has been broken for at least 24 hours. If you send them earlier then they will spread around whatever they have.
- Sometimes fevers are stubborn and don’t want to go away. Make sure you take them to their primary care physician to see if there isn’t something underlying that can be causing this.
The respiratory season is my least favorite time of year as a nurse because I have many late nights and have many concerned parents.
Just be smart about caring for your kids. You’re the parent and know your child so if you think there is something really wrong then please take your kid to the doctor.
Do you feel armed with knowledge now? I hope so.
Let me know what you try and do to help your kids during the respiratory season. I would love to read your comments below!