After Your Child is Treated: 8 Ways to Soothe a Sick Child
A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
If your child has caught a bad cold or been laid low by the flu in Houston, the first step in recovery is to visit your nearest RediClinic, located inside or adjacent to select H-E-B grocery stores. Board-certified clinicians at our walk-in medical clinics can provide proper and accurate diagnosis of symptoms in children ages 18 months and older, followed by an effective treatment plan – all with no appointment needed.
After You Get Home
Once you head home with your sick child, it will inevitably take time for him or her to start feeling better. You can do several things to ease the symptoms and prevent serious complications.
- Use medicines as directed. Your RediClinic clinician will recommend age-appropriate medicines to relieve stuffy nose, sore throat and other symptoms. Read the Drug Facts label on all over-the-counter medicines and follow the dosing directions exactly.
- Add some TLC. There’s no better medicine than love and attention. If possible, adjust your schedule to care for your child.
- Encourage drinking and rest. Keep your child hydrated with fluids like water, juice and broth.
- Cool down fever. As their bodies fight off infection, children commonly experience high fever. Dress your child in loose cotton clothes and encourage him or her to drink extra fluids. Apply cool washcloths to the forehead and neck.
- Calm coughs and congestion. Have your child breathe moist air from a humidifier, vaporizer or warm shower to loosen congestion.
- Soothe sore throat. Encourage your child to drink clear fluids. Frozen juice bars can be helpful for children over four. You can offer ice chips or hard candy to children over six years of age.
- Offer comfort food. It is common for sick children to have a poor appetite. If they want to eat, offer soft, easy-to-swallow foods such as Jell-O, applesauce, oatmeal and yogurt.
- Stay at home. Keep your child at home from school or day care. He or she may be contagious for a week or more after the onset of illness. Before returning, your child should be fever-free (with a temperature under 100.2°F) for at least 24 hours without using a fever-reducing medicine.
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